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Governor Edwards declares State of Emergency due to high river levels

Eight parishes are a part of the declaration

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA / WGMB) - Rain is forecasted for Saturday and Louisiana has seen a lot of rain over the last few weeks. 

The rain has upped river levels in the area and Governor Edwards is responding with a State of Emergency Declaration.

The Governor's Office said, "Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a State of Emergency Declaration due to concerns about high river levels across the state caused by increased rain within the last few weeks."

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is helping fight flooding in local parishes and the Governor's Office specified which parishes are part of the declaration:

  • Beauregard
  • Bossier
  • Caddo
  • Calcasieu
  • Catahoula
  • Rapides
  • St. Tammany
  • Washington 

“Again this year, we are dealing with high water levels on several different waterways much earlier than we typically see these problems develop,” said Governor Edwards.  “Many regions of the state saw near-record rainfall in December and in the first few days of 2019. It is important for the state to provide support to the communities facing this emergency and to assist other communities where additional problems could arise. GOHSEP has been closely monitoring this situation and continues conversations with local leaders, hydrologists, the four National Weather Service (NWS) offices that cover the state and levee district leaders. By issuing this declaration, the state will be able to answer any potential calls for support from our local partners.”

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