Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in seven parishes after severe weather

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in seven parishes after severe weather

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in seven parishes affected by the severe weather.

Edwards declared a state of emergency in Assumption, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Washington parishes.

Edwards headed to Convent in St. James Parish to view the damage from Tuesday's severe weather along with State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and Col. James Waskom, Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

"I ask all Louisianans to pray for the victims of the terrible storms that touched down in Louisiana today and especially at the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent," said Edwards. "And let us not forget their families and the first responders working so tirelessly tonight to save lives. We will do all that we can to help restore the families, businesses and communities destroyed by this tragedy."

At least two people have been confirmed dead and at least another 30 people were injured in a possible tornado that ripped through St. James Parish.

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