Gov. Edwards has declared a state of emergency due to the current heavy rainfall totals impacting the state and the potential for wintry conditions this weekend and extending to next week.
While the forecast beyond the weekend is still uncertain, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging all Louisianans to plan accordingly. Flash flooding from heavy rains can happen very quickly. While flooded roadways and flash flooding are the immediate concerns, there is the potential for additional weather issues beginning tomorrow. The National Weather Service (NWS) indicates an Arctic high pressure system is pushing south, bringing with it the coldest air of the season to at least portions of the state. Gov. Edwards said now is the time for people to make a plan for the coming days that could include staying at home during severe weather. He added that people should monitor the local news and updates from the National Weather Service and your local leaders, check on your neighbors and stay safe. Community sites for COVID testing managed by Louisiana’s National Guard will close on Monday and Tuesday.