Baton Rouge: A weather system that began moving through Louisiana on January 8, combined with another system that began coming through this past weekend has brought with it heavy rains, flooding and now winter weather.
Most of the state has been affected in some way by this severe weather. GOHSEP activated its Crisis Action Team last week to stay in touch with the affected parishes.
On Thursday, January 10, Governor Jindal declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, in response to the severe weather in the state, which caused flooding in some areas. A cold front that is moving through the state brought winter weather to North Louisiana, which could potentially make travelling difficult, as elevated roadways may ice over.
19 parishes in Louisiana have declared states of emergency. These are: Acadia, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Madison, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, Tensas, Vermilion and West Carroll.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION SOURCES:
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.