Louisiana Flooding Forecasted

    This Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 photo provided by the Louisiana Joint Information Center shows an aerial view of Lock #2 on the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish. Parish officials said Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 the danger of a lock failing on a Pearl River canal has eased. A mandatory evacuation is no longer in effect, although Parish President Pat Brister is maintaining a voluntary evacuation status for people in hundreds of homes near Lock Number 2 on the canal. (AP Photo/Louisiana Joint Information Center)

    Louisiana authorities have lifted the evacuation order for St. Tammany Parish on Saturday—but they warned that troubled West Pearl River is expected to crest at five feet past the flood point on Monday in the nearby town of Pearl River.  In St. Tammany Parish, engineers have stabilized a key lock on the Pear River Diversion Canal. The high water on West Pearl is a separate issue, with structural flooding expected as the West Pearl could reach 19.5 feet by 7 p.m. on Monday. “It’s going to be a long couple of days,” said St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister. Meanwhile, more than half of Jefferson and Orleans counties had restored power by Sunday evening, with Entergy Corp. reporting that 242,000 of its Louisiana customers without electricity—down from a peak of 769,000.

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