DOTD encourages motorists to use caution as severe weather, flooding expected to impact areas of Louisiana
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6:53:17 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. – With the threat of inclement weather across areas of Louisiana throughout the night and tomorrow, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development encourages motorists to use caution when traveling on roadways and stay off the roads whenever possible.

Motorists should watch for flooded roadways and avoid driving into standing or running water.

Drivers should also follow these tips when driving during and after a severe weather event:

  • Drive slowly and carefully
  • Turn lights on when using windshield wipers
  • Avoid driving while distracted
  • Always allow for extra driving time
  • Reduce speeds when visibility is low
  • Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles
  • Avoid driving into standing or running water
  • Avoid using highway overpasses as tornado shelters

As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.
DOTD will be monitoring the roadways for possible flooding, to remove fallen trees from the roadway, and to close any roads as needed.

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).