Statewide emergency declared for flooding
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency today for Louisiana in the wake of severe weather and flooding around the state.
Jindal said Acadia, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Livingston and St. Landry parishes have already declared states of emergency to help residents deal with flooding and prepare for further rainfall.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness also said they expect more parishes to declare individual emergencies in the days ahead.
Steady rainfall since Jan. 8 swelled bayous and rivers across Louisiana, flooding many parishes around the state. Rain continued to move through the state, flooding areas with swollen waterways again.
Jindal's statewide declaration frees up additional resources for parishes to deal with flooding, and lasts until Feb. 9.