Public schools in Tangipahoa Parish will no longer begin reopening in phases this week due to rain and potential flooding expected from Hurricane Nicholas.

Tangipahoa Parish School System officials announced the change of plans this morning because of safety concerns with the weather, as well as the interruption of repairs to buildings due to heavy rains. Administration's tentative plan is to now reopen all schools to students on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with school employees tentatively reporting to work on Monday, Sept. 20.

A flash flood watch is in effect until Thursday. Bands of heavy rain will create the risk for flash flooding across our entire area. Five to ten inches of rain is possible along and south of the I-10/ I-12 corridor. Four to six inches of rain is possible for areas north. Higher isolated amounts are possible depending on where bands set up.

Officials apologized for any inconvenience this may cause, but they want to ensure the safety of their students and employees.

Families and employees are asked to stay connected through the school district's website, Facebook page and Tangischools email for updates.

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