Posted: Jan 11, 2013 3:52 PM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding.
The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities.
Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers continue to rise as rainfall drains into them from around the area.Holden urged citizens to avoid standing water, and continue to watch local river levels.
"Please use the buddy system and check on neighbors as they may have experienced problems from the copious amounts of rainfall that fell during the last few days," he said.
Gov. Jindal issued a statewide emergency declaration yesterday to assist individual parishes experiencing flooding problems.