MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Storms rolled through the ArkLaMiss Tuesday night leaving a wake of destruction, flooding, power outages, and at least two deaths in their wake.
CAUTION: Be EXTREMELY cautious driving in flooded areas. You cannot tell how deep water is on roads and could very quickly be in serious and possibly deadly trouble if you attempt to drive through water that is deeper than you believe it is. At least one person was killed Tuesday morning when she apparently drove around a barricade and attempted to negotiate a flooded underpass.
A second death has also been reported in our area. Monroe Police found a the body of a black male in a flooded area Tuesday morning. There was no identification on the body and police are still working on identifying the victim.
Wednesday, thousands of area residents were without power.
From Ruston to the Mississippi river many roads and streets are still flooded, major power outages still exist, and the storm damage is severe in some areas.
Flooding is being reported in Monroe and West Monroe. In Monroe some of the more serious flooding is being reported South of Interstate 20, particularly in the South 12th Street area.
In Jackson Parish our reporters have confirmed that several trees are blocking roads, that State Roads 146 and 148, as well as La. 818 and La 144 are both closed and won't be open again before Wednesday night. Also, at least 3 houses in the Parish have trees lying across them.
The good news: in Jackson Parish, as of this hour, there are no known serious injuries
Some schools closed Wednesday including Ouachita Parish, Jackson Parish, Morehouse Parish, Mangham and the Monroe City schools.