TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. – Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Issac dumped huge amounts of water on the Northshore and sent a tidal surge into southern Tangipahoa Parish, flooding out residents and businesses as residents are still looking for help.
“The water keeps rising,” said Burgess. “I have never seen it like it is today.
Around 1:30 a.m. calls began coming in to parish officials from residents looking for help as the waters began rising.
“Somebody called and said they were having flooding conditions in their home,” Burgess.
Roads are flooded in Tangipahoa and evacuations are ongoing, said Burgess. The evacuations are taking place in the southern part of the parish, near Lee’s Landing.
“From Lee’s Landing all the way to Manchac” are areas of concern for the Tangipahoa, said Burgess. “Middendorf’s got about four and half, five feet of water through the building.”
The flooding of Middendorf’s is the second time in seven years the iconic restaurant flooded – Hurricane Katrina devastated the restaurant in Manchac.
The flooding was caused primary from a tidal surge, said Burgess. Flooding is particularly heavy south of Highway 22. The water is beginning to move north.
Burgess said trees were down in the Hammond area and also in Loranger and Independence.
The scope of the damage in parts of the parish is still unknown to officials. “The areas south of Hammond, we really don’t know yet,” said Burgess.