Drenched US South facing more heavy rain after flood deaths

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March 10 (Reuters) - A slow-moving storm is expected to dump more rain on the waterlogged U.S. South, forecasters said on Thursday, after heavy rains killed several people and prompted evacuations and rescues from inundated areas.

Three people died in northern Louisiana, deluged with some of the heaviest rainfall. Two men and a 6-year-old child were killed after either ignoring flood warnings or entering treacherous areas without signs, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said.

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Forecasters at the National Weather Service received reports of 10 to 15 inches of rain falling in northeastern Texas, parts of Arkansas and Louisiana over a day and a half.

Particularly hard hit was Monroe, Louisiana, with more than 17 inches, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the the NWS Weather Prediction Center.

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Drenched US South facing more heavy rain after flood deaths
Dacia Winters, left, embraces Ryan Ficca, center, and Stormy Winters after they were evacuated in a Louisiana National Guard high water vehicle from rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Heavy rain has forced evacuations and caused flash flooding for more than a day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A Louisiana National Guardsman wades through water as residents are evacuated by boat through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko, left, hands her son Tucker Neal to her father Jim Yatcko, as they are assisted by Bossier County Sheriff personnel from a boat to a high water vehicle while being evacuated from their home during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Residents are evacuated by boat through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko, left, holds her son Tucker Neal as they are evacuated by boat by Bossier County Sheriff personnel during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko carries her son Tucker Neal as they climb into the front seat of a Bossier County Sheriff high water vehicle while being evacuated from their home during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko, left, holds her son Tucker Neal as they are evacuated by boat with her father Jim Yatcko, by Bossier County Sheriff personnel during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Two men secure two horses in rising floodwaters as a Bossier Parish Sheriff truck passes in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Heavy rain has forced evacuations and caused flash flooding for more than a day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Louisiana National Guard and Bossier Parish Sheriff personnel help people out of a vehicle after they were evacuated during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Heavy rain has forced evacuations and caused flash flooding for more than a day. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People sit in the back of a Louisiana National Guard truck as they are evacuated from rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Thousands had been evacuated by Thursday morning as a second round of rain hit an already inundated northern Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A mailbox, house and partially submerged cars are seen in rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A truck passes through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A partially submerged truck sits in rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man stands in rising floodwaters as a Bossier Parish Sheriff truck passes through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Joe and Mariew Tovar are transported in a Bossier Parish Sheriff truck to return to their home to retrieve belongings during rising floodwaters in in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man paddles a child during rising floodwaters in the Golden Meadows subdivision in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sam Breen tows his skiff as he helps his friend Roger Dove, not pictured, retrieve his dogs Edison, foreground, and Allie, from his home, as floodwater rises at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People motor through rising floodwaters at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Roger Dove rides in a friend's skiff to retrieve his pets and some belongings from his home in rising water at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man paddles a child while a dog playfully follows during rising floodwaters in the Golden Meadows subdivision in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A car is seen partially submerged during rising floodwater at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sam Breen paddles his skiff as he helps his friend Roger Dove, not pictured, retrieve his pets and some belongings from his home in rising water at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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As the system moves east, flooding is a concern in areas of Mississippi, western Tennessee and Alabama, along with Louisiana, he said.

"It's going to continue to be a pretty high impact storm," Oravec said, noting that rains could linger into Saturday.

People in as many as 3,500 homes in Bossier City, Louisiana were told to evacuate, the Shreveport Times reported.

Louisiana National Guard soldiers and law enforcement helped to rescue people stranded in their homes and on roads by high waters, authorities said.

Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in affected regions, and many schools were closed. State government offices in three dozen parishes were shuttered through Friday.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch stretching from the Gulf of Mexico coast of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi north into the southern parts of Illinois.

A 30-year-old man drowned on Tuesday as he tried to drive across a flooded area in southeastern Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.

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