Nicholas crawls into Louisiana from Texas, dumping rain

  • Gary Johnston, left, Grant Boughamer, center, and Jose Garcia, right, place a tarp on a roof damaged by Hurricane Ida, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Golden Meadow, La.

    Gary Johnston, left, Grant Boughamer, center, and Jose Garcia, right, place a tarp on a roof damaged by Hurricane Ida, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Golden Meadow, La. Associated Press

  • Men cover a roof with tarps, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, a week after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

    Men cover a roof with tarps, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, a week after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP) Associated Press

  • Vickey Schneider secures a tarp around the edge of her family's roof in Kenner, La., where they also keep their generator, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, a week after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

    Vickey Schneider secures a tarp around the edge of her family's roof in Kenner, La., where they also keep their generator, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, a week after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP) Associated Press

  • A roof is covered with tarps on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, in Kenner, La., a week after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

    A roof is covered with tarps on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, in Kenner, La., a week after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP) Associated Press

  • Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind a home that was destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 985-850-1149

    Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind a home that was destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 985-850-1149 Associated Press

  • Lerryn Brune, 10, center, Terren Dardar, 17, right, and Dayton Verdin, 14, move barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers.

    Lerryn Brune, 10, center, Terren Dardar, 17, right, and Dayton Verdin, 14, move barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers. Associated Press

  • Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Terren Dardar, 17, left, Dayton Verdin, 14, and Lerryn Brune, 10, move barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers.

    Terren Dardar, 17, left, Dayton Verdin, 14, and Lerryn Brune, 10, move barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers. Associated Press

  • Utility crews replace power poles destroyed by Hurricane Ida as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Utility crews replace power poles destroyed by Hurricane Ida as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Derrick Campbell, postmaster for Montegut, La., delivers mail amidst destruction from Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Derrick Campbell, postmaster for Montegut, La., delivers mail amidst destruction from Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Terren Dardar, 17, and Dayton Verdin, 14, left, pour barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers.

    Terren Dardar, 17, and Dayton Verdin, 14, left, pour barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers. Associated Press

  • Storm clouds from approaching Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Storm clouds from approaching Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Derrick Campbell, postmaster for Montegut, La., delivers mail amidst destruction from Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Derrick Campbell, postmaster for Montegut, La., delivers mail amidst destruction from Hurricane Ida, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Gary Johnston works to put a tarp on the roof his mother-in-laws damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Golden Meadow, La.

    Gary Johnston works to put a tarp on the roof his mother-in-laws damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Golden Meadow, La. Associated Press

  • Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind homes of the vanishing Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., which were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Lerryn Brune, 10, center, Terren Dardar, 17, right, and Dayton Verdin, 14, move barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers.

    Lerryn Brune, 10, center, Terren Dardar, 17, right, and Dayton Verdin, 14, move barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers. Associated Press

  • Jarod Voisin walks through damage of his family's heavily damaged oyster processing plant, as rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, comes down, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Houma, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Jarod Voisin walks through damage of his family's heavily damaged oyster processing plant, as rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, comes down, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Houma, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

  • Terren Dardar, 17, left, and Dayton Verdin, 14, pour barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers.

    Terren Dardar, 17, left, and Dayton Verdin, 14, pour barrels of rainwater they collected from Tropical Storm Nicholas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. They have had no running water since the hurricane, and collected 140 gallons of rainwater in two hours from the tropical storm, which they filter and pump into their house for showers. Associated Press

  • Steven Voisin walks through his family's heavily damaged oyster processing plant, as rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, comes down through a destroyed roof, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Houma, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

    Steven Voisin walks through his family's heavily damaged oyster processing plant, as rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, comes down through a destroyed roof, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Houma, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 9/15/2021 3:49 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- Tropical Depression Nicholas hovered over Louisiana on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain on a region struggling to recover from Hurricane Ida and swamping coastal Mississippi, Alabama and northwest Florida.

The National Weather Service said dangerous flash floods were possible from southeast Louisiana into the Florida Panhandle. In Louisiana, the rainfall complicated an already difficult recovery at homes ripped open by Ida on Aug. 29. Thousands remain without power in Texas and Louisiana.

 

'I'm not sure at this point what it looks like,' said Edith Anthony, whose home in LaPlace, a New Orleans suburb between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, lost part of its roof while getting about 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) of floodwater two weeks ago.

They still don't have electricity, and couldn't arrange for a tarp to cover the roof before Nicholas blew in. Now she and her husband are staying in a Mobile, Alabama, hotel, preparing to return this weekend to what's left of their home.

The storm was forecast to dump as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain from southeast Louisiana into the Florida Panhandle through Friday, with 10 inches (25 centimeters) possible in isolated areas.

'Life-threatening flash flooding impacts, especially in urban areas, remain a possibility in these areas,' forecasters said. The Pensacola News Journal reported that as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) had fallen in parts of Escambia and Baldwin counties in Florida as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Nicholas as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain on parts of Texas - and the weather service was checking reports of nearly 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain in Galveston - after making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Houston reported more than 6 inches (15 centimeters). Parts of Louisiana received more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain from the storm.

In Louisiana, the flash flood danger was expected to end Thursday, but the rain is forecast to linger for days.

'We're going to be in a wet weather pattern well into next week," said meteorologist Christopher Brannan at the National Weather Service. He said Nicholas, now a tropical depression, would likely stall over southwest Louisiana while it dissipates into a a remnant low pressure system.

More than 112,000 electricity customers were still without power in Texas on Wednesday morning, including 75,000 in the Houston area. At its peak, more than half a million homes and businesses were without power in Texas.

In Louisiana on Wednesday, 72,000 were still without power more than two weeks after Ida.

Jerry Nappi, a spokesperson for Entergy Louisiana, said the utility company, which serves much of the state, did not expect Nicholas to lengthen restoration times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Joe Ticheli, manager and CEO of South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association, said the rain from Nicholas hadn't affected their operations. The cooperative serves about 21,000 customers across five parishes including parts of the hard-hit Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

As of late Tuesday, he said power has been restored to about 80% of its customers with the remaining 20% mostly in the hardest-hit parts of southern Terrebonne parish. However, he noted, that the destruction in those areas is so 'catastrophic' that even when power is restored houses and businesses won't be able to receive it.

The worst of the weather largely spared the city of Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana - hit last year by hurricanes Laura and Delta - where city crews scoured the drainage system to keep it free from debris during Nicholas. Mayor Nic Hunter said he's been worried about how his people are coping.

'With what people have gone through over the last 16 months here in Lake Charles, they are very, understandably, despondent, emotional. Any time we have even a hint of a weather event approaching, people get scared,' he said.

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Associated Press reporters Jay Reeves, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana, and Juan A. Lozano in Surfside Beach, Texas, contributed to this report.

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