BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards gave a briefing on Tropical Storm Nicholas and provided updates on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts. State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter joined Edwards to provide a COVID-19 update.
President Joe Biden has already approved Edwards’ request for an emergency declaration ahead of Nicholas.
Edwards said the heaviest rains are expected to fall in areas recovering from Hurricane Ida. Southwest Louisiana is expected to receive 4-6 inches of rain and up to 10 inches in the southeastern part of the state.
“Don’t ignore high water warning signs,” said Edwards.
Thirty-eight state offices will be closed on Sept. 15 due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, including: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
Individuals in need of shelter ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas are encouraged to text LASHELTER to 898-211 or call 211.
State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said they want to prevent deaths during Tropical Storm Nicholas, especially with the amount of rainfall expected this week.
He urges caution when driving on flooded roadways and asks residents to avoid getting on the road unless it’s “absolutely necessary.” He said the majority of deaths during the May flooding were due to individuals attempting to drive through floodwaters.
Kanter reminds residents to use generator safety. After Ida, there were multiple reported carbon monoxide poisonings.
Uninsured individuals affected by Ida in need of prescription refills can use the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program to receive free refills. The hotline is 1-855-793-7470.
The Louisiana Department of Health said the program allows refills at all Walmarts with pharmacies and pharmacies in the following parishes:
St. James Parish
- Gem Drugs Gramercy, 1635 LA-3125, Gramercy, 70052
St. John the Baptist
- Gem Drugs Reserve,139 Central Ave, Reserve, 70084
St. Mary Parish
- Baldwin Drugs, 702 Main St., Baldwin, LA 70538Cashway Pharmacy of Franklin, 1419 Hospital Ave, Franklin
- Bayou Drug Store, 1615 St. Mary St., Suite F, Thibodaux
- D&M Pharmacy, 1772 Canal Blvd., Thibodaux
- Willow Bark Pharmacy #2, 606 LA-20, Thibodaux
- Broadmoor Drug Center, 6096 W. Park Ave, Houma, 70364
- Haydel’s Drug Store #2, 831 Grand Caillou Road, Houma, 70363
- Lloyd’s Remedies, 3696 W Main St, Gray, 70359
- Total Pharmacy Services, 7806 W Park Ave, Houma, 70364
- Willow Bark Pharmacy, 2138 Bayou Blue Rd, Houma, 70364
- Haydel’s Drug Store #3, LA-311 #100, Houma, 70360
- Wolfe’s Pharmacy, 5458 LA-56, Chauvin, 70344
“Let’s be safe, let’s not do anything that causes an unreasonable risk or harm to ourselves or to others and that means don’t get out sooner than you should and drive around,” said Edwards. “It also means don’t spread COVID unnecessarily.”
The full press conference is available below: