Southern U.S. Flooding and Tornadoes

Severe thunderstorms have caused major flooding and spawned tornadoes in several states.

A wave of severe thunderstorms moved across the Plains and South beginning Sunday, resulting in major flooding and tornadic activity in several states.

At this time, it appears that areas in Louisiana have been hardest hit, with reports indicating that portions of Baton Rouge and Lake Charles have sustained flooding in possibly hundreds of homes. The National Weather Service has confirmed that more than 12 inches of rain has fallen across the state, with more forecast this week.

In addition to torrential rain, there have been at least 16 reports of tornadoes, with two responsible for structural damage in Texas.

Approximate areas reportedly sustaining structural damage:

Kansas
Flooding
  • Natoma (Osbourne County, 67651)
  • Salina (Saline County, 67401, 67402)
    *Concentrated home flooding reported on Sandy Avenue
Louisiana
Flooding
  • Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge Parish, 70808, 70810, 70816, 70817, 70820)
    *Approximate impacted ZIP codes only
  • Gonzales (Ascension Parish, 70707, 70737)
  • Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish, 70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70611, 70612, 70615, 70616, 70629)
Texas
Flooding
  • Fannett (Jefferson County, 77705)
Tornadoes
  • North Dallas (Dallas, Collin, Denton, Counties, 75230)
    *Approximate impacted ZIP code only
  • Pendleton (Bell County, 76564)
Media Coverage

KWCH ABC 12: Floodwaters Burst into Saline County Home, Totaling Basement
The Weather Channel
WFAA ABC 8: ‘Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice, but a Tornado Does,’ Says Dallas Homeowner Likely Hit by a Twister Sunday for Second Time Since 2019

Declaration Activity
5/17/2021

Office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (Gov. Edwards Issues State Emergency Declaration Due to Ongoing Flood/Severe Weather Threat in Southwest Louisiana)
Associated Parish ZIP Code List

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