- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Stormy weather is again a problem for some in Louisiana.

Thunderstorms were moving across the state Friday, with reports of hail and high winds in some areas.

While the storms weren’t dumping as much rain as those that led to record flooding last week, flash floods were a possibility in some areas in the south and southeastern parts of the state.

Meanwhile, high water from rivers and water bodies swollen by recent rains were still causing problems.

In Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana, the Sheriff’s Office said it was establishing a command center near Lake Bistineau, where high waters have isolated some residents.

The good news in southwestern, Louisiana, KPLC-TV reports that Interstate 10 at the Texas state line has re-opened.

9:30 a.m.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services will open centers in 23 parishes Monday where residents can finalize applications for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

The program provides food assistance to eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

Each site will serve applicants next week on a staggered alphabetical schedule. To minimize wait times, applicants and anyone who pre-registered for benefits should go to a location only on one of the days indicated by the first letter of their last name.

-Monday: A-D

-Tuesday: E-K

-Wednesday: L-R

-Thursday: S-Z

-Friday: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

-Saturday: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

The locations of the centers can be found at https://www.dcfs.la.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp;=detail&articleID;=714


8:20 a.m.

More than 500 American Red Cross disaster workers have responded to Louisiana, with hundreds more responders active across the Gulf South where devastating flooding has impacted thousands of people.

Thursday night, about 200 people stayed overnight at seven Red Cross and community-run shelters across the state.

Kay W. Wilkins, chief executive of the Red Cross in Louisiana, says this is one of the largest disasters to hit the state in recent years.

Wilkins says as many as 12,000 people have been impacted by the flooding and they have served more than 34,800 meals and distributed 12,650 relief items including personal care kits and cleaning supplies.


7:32 a.m.

One thing north Louisiana doesn’t need is more rain. But the National Weather Service says a cold front will push through the state Friday bring showers and thunderstorms.

The weather service in Shreveport says the area can expect large hail and damaging winds during the early evening hours.

After the storms pass, colder temperatures are expected over the weekend.

The front will continue south and reach the New Orleans metro area by Saturday.

The Slidell weather office say there’s a slight risk of severe thunderstorm, primarily large hail and damaging winds. The forecast calls for an additional 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.

After the cold front passes, cooler temperatures are expected.

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