Louisiana Flooding Photos and Videos Show Cars and Buildings Engulfed in Water

Louisiana is experiencing heavy flooding as photos from the state show cars and buildings engulfed in water. As much as 18 inches of rain had fallen across parts of Texas and Louisiana on Monday, according to The Weather Channel.

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency as the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood warnings and tornado warnings, with areas in southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas most heavily impacted.

Louisiana residents have shared photos on social media, such as Kelsey Lewis who posted a photo of a flooded football field and parking lot, drenched in water, and said: "It seems like just yesterday I was staring at this same image! Pray for Lake Charles"

It seems like just yesterday I was staring at this same image! Pray for Lake Charles 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/TLc1mK0bty

— Kelsey Lewis (@DFOKelseyLewis) May 17, 2021

Twitter user @frejacole shared a photo of cars stranded in a flooded street and said: "So I get home to Louisiana to visit my friends and family, and the very next day..."

So I get home to Louisiana to visit my friends and family, and the very next day ... pic.twitter.com/VwyKaOjHNE

— Handel's Messeacucumber (@frejacole) May 17, 2021

Corey Gautreaux shared a photo of a three-foot-deep above-ground swimming pool nearly completely submerged in floodwater.

3’ deep swimming pool barely above water. Perkins/Anselmo/Madeira in Baton Rouge. 11.39” in the gauge. Almost 9” of that since 8:45pm @DrJoshWX @Jake_WX @marisanuzzowx @MargaretOrr @NWSNewOrleans pic.twitter.com/s10lMAOnQH

— Corey Gautreaux (@coreygautreaux) May 18, 2021

Jeremy Babineaux shared a video of a man wading through the water, pulling his kids on a kayak behind him in Lake Charles.

A father picking up his kids from school using a kayak on flooded Common St. in Lake Charles, Louisiana. pic.twitter.com/zb4RkBRx4S

— Jeremy Babineaux (@jeremybabs) May 17, 2021

On Monday evening, the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal said in a tweet that two dozen personnel had been deployed to the Lake Charles area with nine boats as part of a response that included around 30 rescues or requests to evacuate in an hour.

The office added: "Please keep the residents of southwest Louisiana in your thoughts tonight."

Lake Charles has been hit with floods as it is still recovering from hurricane damage in 2020 as well as an ice storm in February.

Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement released on Monday: "Water rescues and other emergency actions have been necessary this afternoon as heavy rainfall fell across Southwest Louisiana.

"The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) stands ready to support our local partners with any emergency resources needed beyond their capabilities.

"We are only a few weeks away from the start of hurricane season, but this threat is the latest in a string of recent weather threats that remind us of the importance of preparedness and staying informed."

The governor urged Louisiana residents to monitor their local weather forecasts, follow instructions from local leaders, finalize their emergency plans at GetAGamePlan.org, and get a vaccination against COVID-19 in case they need to evacuate and find shelter.

Louisiana residents are also urged to avoid driving on flooded roads and to avoid moving or driving around barricades.

Car drives through flooded Louisiana street
Cars drive in flooded water after Hurricane Delta passed through the area on October 10, 2020, near Lake Charles, Louisiana. Louisiana is experiencing heavy flooding as photos from the state show cars engulfed in water. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty