Gov. John Bel Edwards holds News Conference Amid Severe Weather


“We are asking people to be very cautious and to take this seriously,” Edwards said.

Vehicles are stuck in floodwaters along S. Galvez Street as heavy rain falls, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New Orleans. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss severe weather possibly heading toward Louisiana.

“We are asking people to be very cautious and to take this seriously,” Edwards said.

Relating this to the 2016 flood he says though this isn’t a named storm does not mean that it should be taken lightly.

“If you haven’t already prepared you and your family for severe weather event you need to go ahead and do that,” he said.

Expecting anywhere from 10-15 inches of rain in only a 24-hour period, the governor says no one should drive through standing water.

“In the past we’ve seen fatalities related to flooding events because individual motorists decided to try to drive through [standing water.] We’re asking folks to not do that to be very cautious.

The Governor declared a statewide emergency and says that the state may experience severe flooding.

“If mother nature dumps between 10-15 inches of rain over 24 hours we are going to have flooding,” he said.

The governor’s office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and local authorities are standing by should that happen.

The governor will hold another news conference Thursday around 12:30 to discuss any updates on the weather.

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