Heavy downpours over parts of Louisiana and Texas this week have caused significant flooding, meteorologists and officials said, and more rain is forecast to soak the region through the end of the week.
As of Thursday morning, Brenham, Texas, between Austin and Houston, had received more than 12 inches of rain each, according to the National Weather Service. Other Texas cities had recorded rainfall totals between four and 11 inches.
Parts of Louisiana were also battered this week with heavy rain, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, which each received more than two inches of rain on Wednesday.
Other areas of Louisiana saw even heavier rain, including Simmesport, a city about 60 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, where more than eight inches of rain fell from Monday morning through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Flash flooding was also reported in other cities, including Garyville and Mandeville.
While residents across the region attempt to dry out, they will be met with more rain and possible flooding in the coming days.
As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 26 million people from Louisiana to West Virginia were under a flood watch.
There was also slight risk of excessive rainfall on Thursday from the Central Gulf Coast through the Southern Appalachians, according to the Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.
Rainfall totals for Thursday will be modest compared to previous days, forecasters said, with localized amounts up to two inches. However, after much of the region received upward of six inches or more over the last 36 hours, any additional rain may cause scattered instances of flash flooding.
Into the southern Appalachians, the rainfall on Thursday may reach up to three inches but likely will not cause significant problems because the region has been relatively dry in recent days.
Jesus Jiménez contributed reporting.