Tuesday's freezing rain and sleet closed Grambling State University early, canceled flights, sent drivers skidding and broke power lines in north Louisiana.
Police in both Shreveport and Monroe closed ramps onto Interstate 20.
Grambling sent students home at noon Tuesday but Louisiana Tech stayed open. Northwestern State canceled evening classes but said it would open Wednesday. Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Union, West Carroll, Morehouse parishes and Monroe city schools were closed Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says the Concordia Parish town of Clayton got 7.2 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday.
Mayor Rydell Taylor says the town of 700 looks like a lake, and water got into six to 10 homes. Taylor says a waterworks employee carried about a dozen children across flooded yards to their school bus, and he himself carried a disabled woman to the bus that takes her to work.
Taylor says nobody has been hurt, and water levels were dropping by late Thursday morning.
Louisiana may have a day or two of sun after the storms that swamped the state, but forecasters say rivers and streams will still be high and the ground will still be soggy when the next round of rain hits over the weekend.
Christopher Bannan, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Slidell, says storms probably will start late Saturday in north Louisiana and work southward through the state Sunday and Sunday night. He says the next round of storms likely won't be as potent as those that occurred Wednesday and Thursday.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says high water is closing most hunting seasons in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. They'll close Friday, with only the waterfowl season remaining open.
It says the season will remain closed until the Pearl River drops below 16.5 feet at the St. Tammany Parish town of Pearl River.
The gate at Old U.S. Highway 11, a primary access point to the wildlife management area, will remain closed until the water recedes and all roads and bridges are determined safe for vehicle passage.
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