Posted on August 12, 2016
Article by Affiliate Louisiana Gazette
Baton Rouge, Louisiana–Torrential rains are causing flooding in several Louisiana parishes. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Louisiana as a result of severe weather saying, “We are in constant contact with local officials and first responders, and assistance is already on the move to affected parishes.”
“The most important thing to remember is to obey road signs and to constantly monitor the news for updates to ensure everyone’s safety. Every available resource will be used to assist citizens as this situation continues to unfold,” said Governor Edwards.
One person has died after being swept away by the fast moving flood waters. The name has not yet been released.
As more thunderstorms approach parts of Louisiana, troopers are once again urging motorists to stay off of the highways and not sightsee. Emergency personnel are focusing on rescuing trapped residents and removing stranded motorists off of roadways.
Curfews have been issued for all of Iberia Parish from 7:00 pm tonight till 7:00 am on Saturday and for Erath from 10:00 pm Friday till 5:00 am Saturday due to high water.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have rescued a total of 85 people and 12 animals due to the flooding in St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.
The flooding is being caused by a lingering surface low that is drawing tropical moisture into the southeastern and coastal parishes.