DOTD prepares for potential flooding, reminds motorists to drive safely
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:00:45 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is monitoring potential flooding as a result of the high water levels of the Mississippi River and Red River. DOTD encourages motorists to use caution when approaching flooded roadways.

DOTD is monitoring the situation and has resources prepared in case flooding occurs. Motorists are reminded to avoid driving into standing or running water.

Because of possible high water and possible road closures, motorists are encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to beginning commutes by utilizing the following resources for the latest information regarding road conditions:

• MyDOTD: Motorists can receive automatic and up-to-date information on local projects, lane and road closures, and other DOTD activity by signing up for MyDOTD at
• 511 Traveler Information: Travelers can also find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).
• Way to Geaux smartphone application: The app can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.

Drivers should follow these tips when driving during and after a rainfall event:

• Slow down, be attentive and avoid driving distracted.
• Allow for extra driving time and additional room between vehicles.
• Reduce speeds when visibility is low.

As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.