Governor proclaims State of Emergency, state offices closed in many parishes following severe weather
BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the state, Thursday evening.
This proclamation is necessary in order to make resources ready and able to assist citizens affected by severe weather.
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor will travel to Puachita, Caddo, and Bossier parishes Friday to evaluate storm damage and the state's response.
Due to severe weather impacting the region, state government offices in many parishes closed at 1 p.m. Thursday, according to Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne.
The offices will remain closed through Friday, Mar. 11. The list of parishes affected due the closure include:
East Baton Rouge
St. John the Baptist
West Baton Rouge
State government offices in several North Louisiana parishes have also remained closed on Thursday. They include:
Locally, the Mayor's Office announced that East Baton Rouge City-Parish employees would be dismissed at 2 p.m. Thursday due to inclement weather.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they're continuing to monitor the risk for flooding that accompanies strong storms passing through the area in coming days.