Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a State of Emergency in SWLA due to the flooding and incoming weather later this week.

Gov. Edwards had this to say in a press release yesterday:

“The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) stands ready to support our local partners with any emergency resources needed beyond their capabilities. We are only a few weeks away from the start of hurricane season, but this threat is the latest in a string of recent weather threats that remind us of the importance of preparedness and staying informed."

Edwards will hold a press conference today at 3:30pm to talk more about the flooding that happened yesterday in SWLA and the possible severe weather still heading our way later this week.

Watch the press conference here.

Here's the National Weather Service forecast for SWLA:

  • Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 82. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
  • Wednesday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 82. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
  • Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

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