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Heavy rain in South leaves some trapped, others afloat

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Flooding on Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans Sunday, May 12, 2019. New Orleans residents awoke to flooded streets Sunday and the Mississippi Highway Patrol closed part of a highway due to heavy rain that also may have contributed to a freight train derailment.
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The Times-Picayune
Flooding on Palmetto Street in New Orleans Sunday, May 12, 2019. New Orleans residents awoke to flooded streets Sunday and the Mississippi Highway Patrol closed part of a highway due to heavy rain that also may have contributed to a freight train derailment.
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Flooding on Short Street at S. Claiborne Ave. in New Orleans Sunday, May 12, 2019. New Orleans residents awoke to flooded streets Sunday and the Mississippi Highway Patrol closed part of a highway due to heavy rain that also may have contributed to a freight train derailment.

NEW ORLEANS — Mississippi authorities rescued a man clinging to a tree and another man and his 4-year-old child from the roof of a submerged pickup truck as heavy rain caused flooding in the state and in neighboring Louisiana.

New Orleans residents awoke to flooded streets Sunday and the Mississippi Highway Patrol closed part of a highway due to heavy rains that also may have contributed to a freight train derailment.

A flash flood warning was extended for New Orleans and surrounding parishes until 1 p.m. Sunday as strong storms with heavy rain moved through the area. Photos published in Nola.comThe Times-Picayune showed partially submerged vehicles and people wading through ankle-deep water.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted on Sunday that he had signed a state of emergency declaration for all areas affected by the storms.

The Sun-Herald reported that first responders worked overnight from Saturday into Sunday, sometimes using boats, to rescue people in northern Harrison County in Mississippi.

County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan told the newspaper that one man was clinging to a tree after floodwaters swept his car off a road and another man and his 4-year-old child were rescued from the roof of their submerged pickup truck.

Sullivan, like authorities in other affected states, urged people to use caution and not to drive through floodwaters.

Flooding caused the Mississippi Highway Patrol to close part of Highway 49 in Stone County Sunday morning, and dozens of residents in Stone and Pearl River counties were forced from their homes by high water, news outlets reported. The flooding may also have contributed to the derailment of a freight train near Lumberton a little after 7 a.m. Saturday.

The derailment, in Pearl River County, happened as the train traveled from Birmingham, Ala., to New Orleans, said Norfolk Southern spokeswoman Rachel McDonnell Bradshaw. Three of the cars were carrying steel and 25 were empty, Bradshaw said. She said no hazardous materials were involved and no injuries were reported. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, but WLOX-TV quoted authorities as saying the roads near the derailment were flooded over.

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board tweeted that more than 2 inches of rain fell between 5:15 a.m. and 6:15 a.m., outpacing the city’s drainage system.

New Orleans suspended restrictions on parking shortly before 6 a.m. and encouraged residents to park on high ground.

The storms also caused power outages. As of about 9:40 a.m., several thousand Entergy customers were without power across Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles and East Baton Rouge parishes.

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