DENHAM SPRINGS – The Amite River at Denham Springs has risen past its predicted crest Sunday morning.
At 7:15 a.m. Sunday, the Amite River was at 31.85 feet, almost 3 feet above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
Flood stage on the Amite at Denham Springs is 29 feet.
The hydrologic service has not changed the prediction on its web page that the Amite would crest 31.5 feet but moved that prediction to before noon Sunday.
The Amite crested at 46.5 feet in the Great Flood of 2016.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Sunday for an area including Livingston Parish, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), while a tornado watch declaration is possible Saturday.
One street was closed Saturday in Denham Springs. The Denham Springs Police Department closed River Road between Government Street and Lakeview Drive until further notice.
The river-side lane of River Road was covered in several areas.
The Livingston Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has closed all waterways to recreational traffic through the weekend due to rising waters and the large amounts of hazardous debris reported.
In the wake of the storms, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a “State of Emergency” for all of Louisiana.
“Another wave (of storms) will likely impact the area early Sunday into Sunday afternoon,” the agency said.
“Each will bring heavy rainfall, that could accumulate up to several inches of rainfall on already saturated ground. As a result, the potential for flash flooding will be present.”
The hydrologic service also reported the following levels on the Amite River in three other locations:
• Amite River at Magnolia: 42.52 feet at 7:30 p.m. Flood stage is 48 feet. Crest is predicted at 43.9 feet at 7 p.m. Monday.
• Amite River at French Settlement: 3.67 feet at 7 a.m. Food stage is 4 feet. No predicted crest was given.
• Amite River at La. 22 at Maurepas: 3.60 feet at 7a.m., an increase of 0.16.
The Amite River crested at 4.72 feet shortly after midnight Friday, the service said. Flood stage is 4 feet.
The City of Denham Springs made sandbags available on Friday on Government Drive across from the city fire station.
The flash flood watch continues for Livingston, St. Helena. Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, Tangipahoa, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany,
Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
It also includes upper Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.