Mayor Henry Cotton held a meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with city officials to make sure the city has everything in order to help citizens in case of flooding.

On Monday, a state of emergency was declared for Morehouse Parish by the Police Jury as a precautionary measure.

Chief of Operations Dianne Lenoir said public works has been clearing drains and ditches to prevent flooding on the roads all week.

"We are putting things into place so if something does occur, we are ready to do the best we can," she said. "Sandbags are in the shop on Madison Avenue too. We are simply preparing."

The Weather Channel announced that thunderstorms and rain would be likely and to expect a few storms as well. Three to five inches of rainfall is expected to accumulate in the next day or so.

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs said if it does flood for people to take precautions and stay safe.

"Don't try to drive through water," he said. "Always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. The Sheriff's Department has resources to help in emergency, as does the public works department and the Fire Department."