And that's 4 inches of rain Union Parish could do without. Sheriff Buckley says the past three weeks have left the parish in bad shape.
Buckley said, "The biggest concern is the amount of rain we've already had, the ground is saturated, there's no place for heavy rain to go and that causes flash flooding."
And flash flooding is exactly what Union Parish says they're getting ready for. Buckley says in the past 3 weeks the parish has gone through over 40 thousand sandbags, but more are readily available and Buckley says that's just one step in the preparation process.
Buckley said, "We're getting all our high water equipment out and making sure it's operational, getting sandbags available."
Buckley says the equipment has been pulled out and tested to make sure it's in top shape, so emergency crews can reach people who may be trapped by high water. Employees are even putting in overtime to make sure the parish is ready. But, he's encouraging everyone to make flood preparations now, before it's too late.
Buckley said, "Be cognizant of the fact that there is a possibility that flooding can occur to make their preps, have whatever supplies they may need, if they see that there may be a problem call before hand and we can get the supplies to them."