Gov. Edwards provides latest update on Tropical Storm Barry


Kelly Beile

Gov. Edwards gave a very thorough news conference about Tropical Storm Barry on Friday afternoon.

“As you know, Tropical Storm Barry is slowly strengthening, and organizing and slowly moving,” said Edwards before a packed room of local and national media at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

One of the highlights from the news conference was that commercial vehicle weight restrictions have been relaxed across Louisiana.

“I also issued an executive order relaxing the size and weight restrictions for commercial motor carriers traveling through the state for emergency preparedness and disaster relief efforts,” said Edwards.

Gov. Edwards said that residents should “be prepared for widespread power outages” and that response time may be delayed because it has to be safe for crews to enter areas for repair.

Another interesting tidbit from the news conference include that prior to Tropical Storm Barry’s arrival, “all flood gates along the Mississippi River in New Orleans are closed off, for the first time in history.”

As the voluntary evacuation of St. Mary’s Parish begins, the parish has decided to move their prisoners to Angola.

Senator Bill Cassidy and DOTD Sec. Wilson joined Gov. Edwards at today’s news conference.

Lastly, residents can expect another news conference Saturday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m.

For those evacuating – whether mandatory or voluntary – Wilson encourages residents of Louisiana to download the 511 app to their smart phones, which shows up-to-date information on congestion and closures.

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