WBR soaked after rains, not damaged

Written by Aaron Williams on . Posted in Local

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Heavy and steady rains have drenched much of South Louisiana, and though some areas in the capital region have seen flooding issues as of late, West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot said that WBR has experienced only a minimal amount.

“The rain has been coming at a pace where it’s slower… where we’re not getting flash floods or anything, so the water is able to drain off,” Berthelot said Monday afternoon.

Rains in West Baton Rouge Parish have steadily flowed since the beginning of the year. According to a monthly weather forecast on, steady rains drenched South Louisiana for 12 of the first 16 days of 2013.

Berthelot said that the drainage system within the parish has allowed the steady rains to fall without much issue, but if rains were to get heavy, flash floods could begin to occur.

“Because we have a good drainage system… we’ve been able to handle what we have so far,” Berthelot said. “As long as it continues like it is, without having those rains of an inch and a half within an hour or something like that, we’ll be OK.”

Berthelot said that the only road closures that took place during the deluge was about a mile-long stretch of Poydras Bayou Drive in Erwinville, as water crept up onto the roadway.

Chamberlin Elementary School’s cafeteria also had slight flooding issues, but according to Berthelot, “There’s not any damage. It’s something that happens when we get a lot of rains,” he said. “It drains off pretty quickly.”

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