Governor Edwards holds news conference ahead of potential storm

KPLC 7News at Six- Oct. 1, 2018 - Gov. Edwards press conference

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference Wednesday discussing the possible impact of the potential storm.

Southeast Louisiana is already dealing with flooding from the Mississippi River due to heavy rain farther North, meaning the storm system could bring even more flooding.

“I want to remind everyone that this is day 257 of the Mississippi River flood fight. That will exacerbate many of the issues that we’re going to face in Louisiana," Edwards said.

Given that the cone of uncertainty places the system landing somewhere in Louisiana, Edwards said everyone needs to start preparing now.

“Even though at present, we’re talking about a storm system that is unnamed, you only have to go back to 2019 to remember exactly how dangerous and catastrophic unnamed storms can be," said Edwards.

He said that the state is already preparing.

FEMA is on the ground, the National Guard has been deployed with high water vehicles and they’re is prepared to open shelters if the need arises.

“We are working with local officials to see what the sheltering needs are, and obviously if there are any evacuations, be they voluntary or mandatory, that will mean that there will certainly be shelters open," said Edwards.

Edwards also said that he will seek federal assistance ahead of landfall if necessary.

He’s been meeting with officials since Monday, and those meetings will continue throughout the rest of the week.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be at 12:30 p.m., and Edwards says he expects to hold another press briefing after that with the latest information.

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