Dangerous Flash Flooding Sweeps Through Louisiana and Mississippi

iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Heavy rain has sparked dangerous flash flooding in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi Friday morning.

Rain is falling at 2 to 3 inches per hour in Southwest Mississippi and north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the National Weather Service said.

The flooding has closed many schools in the Baton Rouge area, including Louisiana State University.

JoAnne Moreau of the Baton Rouge Office of Homeland Security said it's been raining in the area all week, but the downfall really picked up overnight. Friday morning, water built up on an interstate, causing heavy delays in traffic.

In Pike County in Southwest Mississippi, heavy rain began around 5 a.m., and as creeks and rivers started to overflow, teams began working to rescue people trapped in flooded homes and cars, said McComb Fire Chief Stephen Adams. He said about six people had been rescued from their homes as of Friday morning.
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