Edwards: Louisiana open to sheltering Texas neighbors
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is prepared and ready to shelter its Texas neighbors if necessary.
At a news conference Thursday, Edwards told reporters the state is planning to house an additional 3,000 people from Orange County, Texas, which is under a mandatory evacuation after Tropical Storm Harvey swamped its borders.
He says shelters are available in Lake Charles, Alexandria and Shreveport but state officials need to confirm with Texas officials that coordinating such a response is "what they want us to do."
He noted that because of the extensive flooding in Texas, it's been difficult for first responders to get to the area, which borders Louisiana.
Edwards reassured Louisiana residents that accommodating displaced Texas residents "would in no way deprive someone in Louisiana of shelter space."
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Federal funds may push aside gas tax bills
Garret Graves among lawmakers to meet with Biden on infrastructure; 'top priority'...
Blood trail led police to alleged killer's room after stabbing at assisted...
A Denham Springs fundraiser hopes to raise money for a man severely...
A 67-year-old woman was stabbed to death Sunday by a man at...
Southeastern regains sole possession of first place in Southland standings with win...
Max Johnson in the mix for LSU starting quarterback job
Coach O admits to mistakes, takes steps to correct them in the...
Saints QB Jameis Winston gets emotional discussing Drew Brees
Southern football on the road to play Texas Southern