Severe weather brings flash flooding, strands Northshore residents in homes and vehicles

Flooded homes in St. Charles Parish too

Kenny Kuhn
May 15, 2020 - 10:00 am

Toni Bodenheimer


Severe weather swept through Southeast Louisiana early Friday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding to parts of St. Tammany, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Orleans parishes.

Northshore areas were hit hardest by the suddenly rising water. In Madisonville, neighborhood streets, yards, ditches and retention ponds flooded.

The Ponchatoula Fire Department said it deployed its swift water rescue crews to help stranded residents in the Bedico Meadows subdivision late last night.

Homes and businesses in St. Tammany parish took on water. Parish President Mike Cooper says a dozen people had to be rescued from the quickly rising floodwaters.

“Last night, there were twelve rescued either from their homes or stalled vehicles,” Cooper said. “The Red Cross is ready to conduct assessments this morning to see what else may be done to assist our citizens that have experienced these heavy rains.”

There is damage reported in St. Charles Parish as well.

This all comes as many businesses in Louisiana try to reopen on the first day of the Phase One economic reopen.

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