BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a statewide state of emergency due to widespread severe weather moving across the state.
He made the announcement on Twitter around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10. He says current forecasts predict anywhere from 4″ to 8″ of rain across the state on Saturday, May 11.
“Fortunately, there has not been any loss of life, but the damage is extensive, and because we know the bad weather may not be over we are continuing to monitor the forecasts and ground conditions as well as work with the local officials,” said Edwards. “We stand ready to respond should the need arise. In addition, I urge all Louisianans to stay safe and prepare for the ongoing threat of severe weather across the state. Please avoid flooded roadways and continue to pay close attention to your local officials and media for the latest weather-related information.”