As we can expect to see the rainy weather hit us hard through Thursday morning, Louisiana State Police are offering safety tips for you.

Troopers say if you approach a roadway that is under water, do not travel through it. Here are some additional tips from Spokesperson Trooper Stephen Hammons:

  • Stay Put- Avoid driving in heavy storms unless absolutely necessary.  Often, injuries and deaths occur during and in the aftermath of such storms. Sightseers impeding roadways cause obstacles for emergency personnel responding to those in need.
  • Slow Down- Decrease your vehicle speed during inclement weather to avoid hydroplaning and to account for increased stopping time.  Periods of heavy rain may necessitate traveling at speeds below the posted speed limits.
  • Be cautious of high winds - Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. Gusty wind makes driving difficult, especially when it is rapidly changing in speed and direction.
  • Do not drive around any barricades- If you approach a road closed barricade do not attempt to proceed with your route even if you think it may be safe.

If you need to get road closure information, call 511 or visit www.511LA.org or www.lsp.org. State Police say if your vehicle becomes disabled or you need to report a hazardous road condition you may call *LSP (*577).