BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Wednesday (August 3), many East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR) residents woke up to severe thunderstorms that led to flooding and power outages.

Later in the evening, EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome addressed the inclement weather and the problems it triggered on her official social media account, stating, “This morning East Baton Rouge Parish experienced a significant weather event that dropped 4+ inches of rain in some locations.”

She continued, “This caused street flooding and several vehicles stalled in high water. We are concerned with more rain forecasted in the coming days. #RedStickReady

Image Credit: EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

In referencing the hashtag ‘RedStickReady,’ Broome was drawing attention to her Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’s public education campaign that teaches locals how to prepare for emergency situations, including severe weather.

The program encourages locals to prepare for severe weather by:

  • Trim damaged trees and limbs.
  • Inspect and secure gutters, windows, and roofing.
  • Build a disaster supply kit.
  • Create an emergency plan.
  • Know the signs and terminology of Severe Weather threats.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and avoid taking shelter in cars or mobile homes.
  • Stay informed about the current conditions. 
  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

Essentially, one of the most important things we can do to avoid getting caught by an unexpected storm is to stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts and act in accord with suggestions from meteorologists.

The mayor also advised, “In the coming days please pay close attention to local weather forecasts. Additional rainfall could lead to more street flooding. Please do not drive into high water. Remember: turn around, don’t drown.”

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