La. governor declares state of emergency, amid Mississippi River flood threat

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency Thursday, as rainfall threatens floods along the Mississippi River and Louisiana’s other bodies of water.

The declaration allows the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or GOHSEP, to coordinate support for local flood fight efforts.

“We anticipate some parishes may need assistance dealing with these conditions and the state stands ready to offer that support,” Edwards said in a news release.

Emergency preparedness officials urge drivers to avoid flooded roadways and areas past barricades.

“Many people living on or near our Louisiana waterways understand the threat of river flooding,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “This flood fight will not end soon. It is important to take advantage of the time you have to prepare, before conditions become severe.”

(Information provided by the Office of the Governor.)

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