Baton Rouge: A weather system that began moving through Louisiana on January 8, combined with another system that will move through the state on Friday, January 11, continues to bring heavy rains to most of Louisiana, along with a slight risk for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes for some areas through the early part of next week.
GOHSEP has activated its Crisis Action Team to monitor the weather and respond to any emergency requests from local governments. The predictions of additional rain on top of the several inches already experienced in many areas of Louisiana could lead to flash flooding in many areas across the state.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION SOURCES:
For lists of flood alerts (Watches, Warnings, Flood Advisories) from the National Weather Service currently in effect for Louisiana and is normally updated every two-three minutes: http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/la.php?x=1
For information about Road Closures: http://www.lsp.org/roadclosure.html
For weather safety tips: http://www.getagameplan.org/
For contact information for local Office of Emergency Preparedness: http://getagameplan.org/contact.htm
For regular updates through social media:
You can also get road closure information by calling 511 or the Louisiana State Police Road closure hotline at 1-800-469-4828.
- Do not walk through flowing water, as drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet;
- Do not drive your car through a flooded area, as it does not take much water to carry away a vehicle. Do not drive around road barriers, because you do not know if the road of a bridge has been washed out;
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, as electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company.
You can read Governor Jindal's Declaration of Emergency online at: http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=3822