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Governor declares state of emergency ahead of severe weather threat

2 years 11 months 3 days ago Thursday, June 17 2021 Jun 17, 2021 June 17, 2021 5:11 PM June 17, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday due to the threat posed by Potential Tropical Cyclone 3. 

The system is expected to impact Louisiana over the weekend, bringing the threat of heavy rain to the capital area. The declaration will allow the state free up resources that may be needed to aid in storm response efforts.

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Read the full announcement below. 

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency due to the potential weather threats associated with Potential Tropical Cyclone 3, a tropical system expected to impact the Gulf Coast this weekend. The broad area of low pressure is expected to become a tropical or subtropical depression Thursday night or Friday morning.

“According to the National Weather Service (NWS), rainfall will be the biggest threat,” said Gov. Edwards. “In addition to heavy rains, there is also a threat of coastal flooding, tropical storm force winds and isolated tornadoes. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has activated its Crisis Action Team and stands ready to support our local partners with any emergency resources needed beyond parish capabilities. It is important to stay weather aware as these storms approach the coast. Go to GetAGamePlan.org to help finalize your emergency plans. Start with getting a COVID-19 vaccination for you and your family.”

A state of emergency is an administrative step that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

GOHSEP also encourages everyone to avoid flooded roadways. Do not remove or drive around barricades. Visit www.511la.org for road updates during an emergency.

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