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Crisis Action Team to activate Tuesday due to flooding threat

7 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 07 2016 Mar 7, 2016 March 07, 2016 5:51 PM March 07, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness plans to activate the Crisis Action Team tomorrow as the threat of flooding looms over Louisiana.

The team will be on standby to answer requests from parishes in need of assistance.

"We are pretty much ready to support and monitor all 64 parishes for anything they may need region by region," GOHSEP Deputy Director Chris Guilbeaux said.

Guilbeaux said the state is ready to provide any assistance parishes may need like search and rescue or extra security.

"We expect the whole state to receive some impact, but we are really concerned about flash flooding," Guilbeaux said.

From GOHSEP, to Old South Baton Rouge, residents like Arthur Moss aren't happy that drains are completely clogged.

"You put some rain in here, it's going to flood," Moss said.

Moss hasn't seen any parish workers checking drains in his neighborhood today. He calls his area forgotten.

"Election time," Moss said. "That's the only time they come over here to clean up."

Employees at the Department of Public Works said workers have been checking problem drains all day. However, when we asked for them to show us which drains they were checking on, they could not provide us with a location. Our calls to DPW leaders were also not returned.

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