Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide State of Emergency Declaration in response to potential flooding caused by continued rising levels on waterways across the state.

“As a precautionary measure, this emergency declaration will allow parish officials to have access to needed resources to assist with any damage caused by the severe weather,” said Gov. Edwards. “The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) continues to coordinate calls with parish officials and stands ready to offer state support. While the forecasted river levels are not expected to exceed the levels we’ve experienced in recent years, I am urging the public to stay informed and start preparing now for any possible impacts.”

This declaration allows the state to take certain actions in preparation for possible flooding and, if needed, enables the state to request federal emergency assistance. GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team (CAT) remains activated after recent heavy rains in some areas of the state that were included in a State of Emergency Declaration issued last month due to severe weather conditions along the Red River and other regions. So far, GOHSEP has supplied nearly 150 thousand sandbags, Hesco baskets and pumps to various parishes.

Rising river levels are traditionally a concern for Louisiana during this time of year. Residents are encouraged to monitor information and resources provided by GOHSEP, local emergency managers, the National Weather Service (NWS) and local media to track possible flooding or severe weather.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry advises farmers to start taking the necessary precautions now to protect their livestock and equipment.

Visit www.511la.org for road updates during an emergency. Keep your phones charged and near you while the threat continues in order to receive potential emergency messaging.