Gov. Edwards declares State of Emergency due to ongoing weather threat

Gov. Edwards declares State of Emergency due to ongoing weather threat
Lightning strikes in view of the Louisiana State Capitol building at 9:16 a.m. on April 14, 2021 in Baton Rouge, La. (Source: Submitted by Don DeWald)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency due to the ongoing weather threat impacting the state this week.

According to the National Weather Service, there is the potential for flash flooding through Friday, April 16 across much of south Louisiana. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are possible along with the potential for large hail. Much of the state has already dealt with dangerous weather lines for the past several days.

Gov. Edwards’ office explains a state of emergency is an administrative step that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts. Those efforts will be coordinated through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Initial requests have been received from parishes for items such as tarps and water pumps. GOHSEP stands ready to support the efforts of federal, state and local partners in the ongoing search and rescue operations in the Gulf of Mexico for the crew of a lift boat that capsized this week during an earlier round of severe weather.

“Our prayers are with the missing crew members and their families,” said Gov. Edwards. “We have dealt with round after round of severe weather the past several days and expect additional severe weather through the end of the week. GOHSEP has already started assisting our local partners with critical items to deal with this threat and those requests could potentially increase until this weather pattern ends. We continue to urge everyone to stay weather aware and have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts.”

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