UPDATE: Lakeshore Drive reopened, flash floodwaters subside

Updated: July 21, 2021, 4:55 a.m. – Reports everything back to normal.

MANDEVILLE — The eastern end of Lakeshore Drive was reopened last yesterday after flash floodwaters that were a nuisance to much of the area yesterday subsided. The Public Works Department had closed the area from Foy Street to Jackson Avenue yesterday.

Updated: July 20, 2021, 11:45 a.m. – Adds updates from mayor.

MANDEVILLE — Mayor Clay Madden has issued updates on social media saying while the east end of Lakeshore Drive has standing water, the rest of the area is improving.

“We anticipate the water will go down but for now we have closed off the area (easter end),” the mayor posted.

Updated: July 20, 2021, 9:55 a.m. – Adds more weather information and observations.

MANDEVILLE — Old Mandeville is under a flash flood warning from the National Weather Service, effective until 10:30 a.m. today (July 20, 2021), as standing water could be seen in the streets of Old Mandeville at locations indicating an greater than normal flash flood event.

Mayor Clay Madden issued an update from the Public Works Department that the Monroe Street rain gauge had received 7.9 inches of water since last night, and weather reports indicated that more than eight inches had fallen in the area in the last several hours.

A National Weather Service alert issued at 9:28 a.m. read: “A flash flood warning is in effect for this area until 10:30 AM CDT. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order.”

Mandeville Daily investigated the area between Jackson Avenue and Marigny Avenue and observed standing water in the streets, typically associated with more severe flash flood events, at a number of locations that would make travel difficult or impossible in the area.

The mayor said in his social media update, “Please be careful today and be respectful of your neighbors. We are monitoring the situation.”

Developing…

Flash flooding effect, looking south down Jackson Avenue near the intersection of Madison Street July 20, 2021. (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Flash flooding effect, looking south down Jackson Avenue near the intersection of Madison Street July 20, 2021. (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)

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