"One of our safety concerns is alligators", said local neighborhood watch organizer Erin West. And more rain was on the way.
"The state's emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well", Edwards said.
Authorities warn driving rains could still cause unsafe flash floods.
In the low-lying Louisiana town of Lafitte, south of New Orleans, Mayor Tim Kerner urged residents in and around the town to seek higher ground because of rising water.
"But as drier air builds in on Thursday, expect only a 30 percent coverage of rain and rain chances at zero on Friday", Bridges said.
On Friday, the tropical moisture leftover from Cindy will meet up with a cold front approaching from the northwest.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rain bands reeling away from Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains from the Southeast to the Midwest, triggering flash flood warnings over several states including West Virginia, whose residents on Friday marked the anniversary of deadly floods last June.
The Mississippi coast received some of the heaviest rain.
A turn toward the northeast is expected.
It will eventually move north into areas of northern Louisiana and Arkansas through Friday morning.
The Louisiana National Guard dispatched high water vehicles and helicopters into flood-prone areas. A wind advisory will remain in effect.
People traveling to the mountains should want to stay alert to the weather.
Storms also downed trees in the Florida Panhandle.
The swimmers entered the water even though Panama City Beach was flying double-red flags, warning of risky conditions and extremely rough surf.
"We are keeping an eye on the changing forecasts", Little said.
There were no reports of injuries.
A waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, MS, causing damage.
Some other drivers, though, were pulling over Thursday morning and not attempting to navigate the flooded roads in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Frequent lightning, gusty winds and a few tropical funnel clouds are also possible.
With the storm now over land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it's expected to weaken over the next two days.
The Houston area was expected to get a couple inches of rain through Thursday.
The Texas Department of Transportation says all state roads and bridges are open in the area. The center of the storm is projected to make landfall sometime Thursday morning. It maximum sustained winds of 20 miles per hour (32 kph) and was heading northeast, expected to move into Arkansas Thursday night.
A 10-year-old boy was killed on an Alabama beach when he was hit by a log.
Little said that, at this point, there is no anticipation of extremely unsafe weather hitting the Cullman area.
Rust red in colour, the rafts include all members of a colony: worker ants, winged reproductive males and females, and the Queens at the top of the ant hierarchy. A tropical storm warning was in effect from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border.