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Gov. John Bel Edwards took part in a Unified Command Group (UCG) briefing with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) regarding the recent severe weather in north Louisiana. The briefing began at 10 a.m. Edwards is now giving comments on the situation.
He said three people have died in north Louisiana this week as a result of the weather. He said he encourages everyone to pay attention to the information being reported by officials and the media. He has declared a state of emergency in 22 parishes. He added there is record flooding in some parts.
Edwards urged people to heed the road closure signs. State road information can be found at www.511la.org. He also advised people to stay off the roads if they don't have to be out and about.
Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, reiterated what the governor said about staying off the roads. He also said people should be prepared for this weather event to last over the next several days. He said the problems will continue even after the rain stops.
Edwards said he will fly over flooded areas Friday, but resources are in place now to help those in need. He added he has authorized for 750 members of the Louisiana National Guard to be available to help in the areas hit hard by the heavy rains. Officials said depending on what happens in certain areas, additional soldiers may be needed.