The Category 4 hurricane known as Harvey has made landfall in Southeast Texas, and Vernon Parish residents are getting ready for resulting rain and flooding.
The AccuWeather Global Weather Center is reporting that torrential rain, flooding, and damaging winds will continue in Southeast Texas as Harvey lingers in the area. While central Louisiana may be spared from damaging winds, heavy rain bands are still set for the area.
According to the KALB First Alert Stormcenter, Harvey will bring a multiple day rain event across Central Louisiana with up to 10 inches of rainfall. Continuous rain can be expected through Friday, due to the fact that Harvey has stalled over Southeast Texas.
A flood warning has been issued for the Sabine River near Deweyville by the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. The warning is for Tuesday August 29th until Wednesday August 30th.
The NWS said that the Sabine River is expected to rise to near 24.0 feet, which is flood stage, by Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service forecast is based upon 48 hours of expected rainfall, which means more rises are likely to occur.
At stages near 25 feet, the lowest roads beside the river flood around Deweyville, and are subject to being closed.
Sandbags are available throughout Vernon Parish.
Residents residing within the Leesville city limits can get sand bags from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Public Works Department, 201 Redtown Road, Leesville. Each resident may receive up to 10 bags.
Residents of Vernon Parish who live outside the Leesville city limits, may pick up sandbags from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Vernon Parish Police Jury Barn located at 602 Alexandria Highway, Leesville.
To receive sandbags, proof of residence/address is required. There is a limit of 25 bags per household.