BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has released a statement about this week's floods across the state of Louisiana.
GOHSEP stated that initial reports from parishes around the state indicate that nearly 5000 homes have received flood damage and thousands of people have been forced from their homes.
So far, Governor John Bel Edwards, as well as key cabinet members and FEMA representatives, have toured the damage of many of the hardest hit areas of the state.
More visits are scheduled today to tour the western part of Louisiana.
"Our first goal is to help our local partners through the response phase of this event," says GOHSEP Director James Waskom. "We will begin to transform into the recovery phase as conditions approve. We have been working with FEMA for the past several days in an effort to streamline the disaster assessment process that will ultimately determine what level of Federal support will be available for individuals, parishes and state agencies dealing with the flood. The assessment work may begin in phases because the storms' impact took several days to develop in some areas, but rest assured, that work will continue in all areas once it is safe for the joint FEMA/GOHSEP assessment teams to access other regions."
GOHSEP urges residents to continue to use caution in areas that are still flooded.
Unfortunately, the National Weather Service has indicated that thunderstorms and a potential for severe weather are forecasted for Northwest Louisiana Sunday evening which could cause further problems for that part of the state.
For updates on road closures from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development visit www.511la.org