U.S.: Tropical Storm Claudette caused flooding in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama

Tropical Storm Claudette formed along the U.S. Gulf Coast on the morning of June 19, 2021, bringing heavy rains and flooding to coastal areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. Flooding also affected parts of Alabama, with one person reported missing.

The National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans reported 203 to 254 mm of rain on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi coast.

Flooding was reported in coastal areas of Mississippi, particularly Jackson and Hancock counties. Residents were reported trapped in their homes due to flooding in the Shoreline Park area of Hancock County.

In Louisiana, severe flooding affected parts of St. Tammany County, mostly in Slidell, where floodwaters flooded city streets and damaged dozens of cars and several buildings.

Damage assessments in Slidell are ongoing. The state government said, “According to the National Weather Service, about 10 to 12 inches of rain fell overnight in St. Tammany, specifically in Slidell. County Governor Mike Cooper and other local elected officials visited the areas with the most rainfall Saturday morning to assess the damage.”

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