Dec 15, 2009 4:56 PM by Associated Press

Schools close as heavy rains drench South

Schools are closed in parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia as heavy rain continues to drench the already-soggy South.

More than an inch of rain an hour was falling in south Louisiana, and the New Orleans airport recorded more than 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period that ended Tuesday morning.

In Slidell, a suburb outside New Orleans, officials were looking at closing more roads due to high water.

Schools were closed in several areas, and sandbags were handed out to businesses and homeowners.

A weekend storm that left parts of downtown New Orleans with street flooding has saturated the ground, making it harder for the new rain to filter into the ground.

In Alabama, southwestern areas got up to 10 inches of rain in just a few hours.

Flash flood watches are in effect across the region. A handful of roads are closed and police are rescuing stranded drivers. Schools are closed in some counties because water on the roads is making conditions too hazardous for school buses to get through.

Some places are also dealing with power outages.




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