Governor discusses storm preparations ahead of heavy rain system
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Wednesday morning discussing the severe weather heading toward Louisiana.
Edwards said people can expect 10 to 15 inches of rain in a 24-hours span. At this point in time, no evacuations have been issued. Officials say if necessary, shelters will be opened.
FEMA officials are "on the ground" and ready to assist if needed.
As heavy rain moves through over the next few days, residents are advised not to drive across flooded roadways.
Before 1 p.m., Edwards declared a state of emergency.
I have issued a state of emergency today in preparation for the impact of the low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico. The system will likely produce storm surge, hurricane-force winds & up to 15 inches of rain across the state. #lagov #lalege #lawx— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) July 10, 2019
??: https://t.co/0D3MqBkw0T pic.twitter.com/ydFV6Z91Z1
Proactive measures are already underway as officials don't want a repeat of the chaos the area saw with last month's deadly severe weather event.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, roadways will be closed early if high water is reported. Barricades will be placed in numerous areas that the city-parish will monitor closely. Those areas include the Governor's Mansion curve along I-110, the overpasses at South Acadian and Bluebonnet, and South Sherwood Forest along both sides of I-12.
Crews have been cleaning ditches and culverts in an attempt to remove debris and other obstructions that could lead to drainage backups and possible surface flooding.
Sandbags are being made available to residents in multiple parishes as well.
Edwards and other officials will continue to monitor the weather system and hold another press conference Thursday.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Families of nursing home residents grow impatient after months without visitation
Livingston Parish set to receive millions of dollars in grants for drainage,...
Denham Springs High football takes field for first time since teammate's death
Bars in Iberville Parish look to reopen this weekend as coronavirus cases...
Fence company makes good on project following On Your Side report, other...
LSU changing the recruiting game with prospect led visits
LSU football returns Saturday with no tailgating, 25% capacity in Death Valley
What you need to know before you geaux to Tiger Stadium
Coach O Weekly Press Conference - Game 1 vs. MSU
Coach O speaks with media, says 'most' of team has had coronavirus