LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a State of Emergency Declaration for eight Louisiana parishes, including Beauregard and Calcasieu, due to concerns about high river levels.
The Sabine and Calcasieu rivers reached flood stage levels following rains last week, although waters on both are beginning to recede.
Edwards said in a statement that by issuing the declaration, “the state will be able any potential calls for support from our local partners.”
“Again this year, we are dealing with high water levels on several different waterways much earlier than we typically see these problems develop,” Edwards said. “Many regions of the state saw near-record rainfall in December and in the first few days of 2019. It is important for the state to provide support to the communities facing this emergency and to assist other communities where additional problems could arise. GOHSEP has been closely monitoring this situation and continues conversations with local leaders, hydrologists, the four National Weather Service (NWS) offices that cover the state and levee district leaders. By issuing this declaration, the state will be able to answer any potential calls for support from our local partners.”
Also included in the declaration are: Bossier, Caddo, Catahoula, Rapides, St. Tammany and Washington.