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Governor declares state of emergency due to extreme heat throughout Louisiana

6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Monday, August 14 2023 Aug 14, 2023 August 14, 2023 3:11 PM August 14, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency amid a rash of concerns brought on by extreme heat throughout the state.

The move will free up more state resources that can be used to combat heat-related emergencies. 

Last week, WBRZ reported on a surge of heat-related deaths in Louisiana in June and July. In those months alone, Louisiana reported 16 heat deaths, far outpacing the state's yearly average of 10. 

Read the full announcement below.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency due to the multiple impacts of extreme heat affecting the state.

“This summer, the National Weather Service has issued a record number of excessive heat warnings for Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards. “The Louisiana Department of Health reports that the state has already exceeded the average number of annual heat-related emergency room visits. Additionally, drought conditions and a significant drop in the Mississippi River’s water level have added stress on water supplies and agriculture. This declaration will allow the state to mobilize resources and aid those most affected. Please continue to take precautions when you are outside and check on neighbors who might need assistance.”

A state of emergency is an administrative step that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in emergency response efforts. The Governor’s Office and GOHSEP will continue to update the public on heat-related threats, in addition to any other weather emergencies.

Click here to view the state of emergency.

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