Barry's major impact coming in the form of rain

Tropical Storm Barry made landfall yesterday on Louisiana's Gulf Coast—briefly as a category one hurricane strength.

All the rain the Houston area has experienced this Spring and even last month has been across the South...especially the area impacted by Barry.

The Army Corps of Engineers said the Mississippi River has been in flood stage since November and severely in flood stage since March, so the levees have been tested all this time.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said more rain bands are making their way across the state.

"Because of the change in the rain forecast, the crest predictions for many of the rivers, have actually gone down," said Edwards.

This is the first time a hurricane hit New Orleans when the Mississippi River has been at flood stage—more than 10 feet above where it normally is.

Good news, though. The levees have held up.

This is a huge contrast from back in 2005 when the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina.

Terrebonne Parish has mandatory evacuation orders after the Lower Dularge East Levee has been breached.

The U-S Coast Guard advising the best way to get immediate help is to call 9-1-1.

The total rainfall expected is between 10 to 20 inches, and that could vary locally.


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