Louisiana and Texas are facing flooding, with more rain expected in the south

Heavy downpours over parts of Louisiana and Texas this week have caused significant flooding, forecasters and officials said, and more rain is forecast to drench the region by the end of the week.

As of Wednesday morning, Industry, Texas, a city west of Houston, and Fayetteville, between Austin and Houston, had received more than 10 inches of rain each. according to the National Weather Service.

Conditions were so bad Wednesday in San Jacinto County, north of Houston, that one local the judge issued a disaster declaration and officials said voluntary evacuation of Camilla Twin Harbor and Cedar Valley due to rising water from nearby river.

Parts of Louisiana were also hit with heavy rain this week, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, which received more than two inches of rain on Wednesday.

Other parts of Louisiana saw even heavier rain, including St. Tammany, where between six and eight inches of rain fell before 5 p.m., according to Fox8Live, a local television station. Flash flooding was also reported in other towns, including Garyville and Mandeville.

As residents across the region try to stay dry, they’re in for more rain and possible flooding in the coming days.

As of Thursday morning, nearly 36 million people from southeast Texas to southwest North Carolina were under a flood watch.

There was also a slight risk of excessive precipitation Thursday from the central Gulf Coast across the southern Appalachians, according to the Weather Forecast Center of the Meteorological Service.

Rainfall totals for Thursday will be modest compared to previous days, forecasters said, with localized amounts of up to two inches. However, after much of the region received more than six inches or more in the past 36 hours, any additional rain could cause scattered flash flooding.

In the southern Appalachians, rainfall could reach up to three inches on Thursday, but is unlikely to cause significant problems as the region has been relatively dry in recent days.

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