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Unrelenting weekend rain floods parts of Louisiana, Mississippi Mother's Day morning

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer
May 13, 2019, 7:31:46 AM EDT

New Orleans was among the many communities of the lower Mississippi Valley that endured flooding this weekend.

Residents across parts of New Orleans woke up to floodwaters at their doorstep on Mother's Day morning.

Homes in nearby St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, even reported flood waters entering their homes.


Water levels in New Orleans had risen to flood many of the city's streets by Sunday morning.


Floodwaters approach homes as water levels rise in New Orleans.


A New Orleans street flooded after intense rainfall and flooding across the city.


Residents of New Orleans woke up to flood waters creeping towards their houses on Mother's Day morning.


Water overruns the streets of New Orleans on Mother's Day morning.


Mid-City street in New Orleans flooded after receiving rainfall on the morning of May 12, 2019.


Nearly knee-high waters reached parts of New Orleans by Mother's Day morning.


Residents in New Orleans woke up to several inches of floodwaters near their homes on Sunday morning.


Residents of New Orleans woke up to flooding on Sunday morning.


New Orleans receives a reminder Sunday morning to not attempt to drive through flood waters.


Continuous rainfall encouraged flooding in New Orleans Sunday morning.


The New Orleans Police Department warned against driving in flood waters Sunday morning.


Flood waters creep closer to homes in New Orleans on Sunday morning.

Nearly 5 inches of rain inundated New Orleans from Saturday evening to early Sunday morning with close to 3 inches falling early Sunday morning alone.

The heavy rainfall caused the Mississippi River to rise even after the historic opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway for the second time this year.

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"While the opening of Bonnet Carré Spillway caused the river level to drop earlier in the weekend, runoff from the heavy rain caused the Mississippi River at New Orleans to rise briefly back above minor flood stage of 17.0 feet," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

"While levees continue to protect the city at this stage, navigation and docking will remain difficult for boaters," she said.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority temporarily suspended all of its public transportation services Mother's Day morning, and the NOPD tweeted out a warning against driving through flood water.

Multiple exit ramps on freeways were closed due to water in the roadway, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation.

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board said the more than 2 inches that fell between 5:15 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Sunday outpaced the city's draining system.

In Louisiana's neighboring state, rainfall totals from Tuesday to Sunday were as high as 14.07 inches near Perkinston, Mississippi.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he was declaring a state of emergency for areas affected by the recent storms.

According to the Emergency Manager, Hancock County, Mississippi began evacuating some homes along Road 326 due to flooding along the Wolf River around 9:45 a.m. CDT.

"Much-needed dry weather will span the lower Mississippi Valley this week, but larger rivers will continue to rise and threaten homes and land along their banks," Pydynowski said.

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