Flooding

Ralph Abraham

Congress Ralph Abraham has just returned to the United States after visiting American Allies In Iraq.  Abraham says the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces are holding back Isis attacks of refugee camps.

Abraham also says it is time for Louisiana to do what it can to help with storm recovery. He says citizens can learn how to help at abraham.house.gov.

NOAA

Harvey was downgraded overnight to Tropical Depression status but still  remains a dangerous storm for our area.  Flooding and tornadoes are the biggest risk for the waterlogged storm system.  

As of 5:30 am T.D. Harvey has maximum sustained winds of 35 M.P.H. and is moving to the northeast at 9 M.P.H.  The system is currently near Monroe, La and will continue into Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee later today. 

Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council join Public Works Director Tom Janway to announce we will begin our sandbagging operations at 9 am Wednesday, August 30 at four different locations across the city.

Senior citizens and those with disabilities can drive to the Public Works facility on Grammont Street, where employees will load bags for them.

ALL OTHERS can get sandbags at self-serve remote locations at Saul Adler, Marbles, or Emily P. Robinson Community Center. Shovels, sand and bags will be provided. 

volunteerlouisiana.gov

Louisiana and Texas are dealing with severe flooding and many people and businesses want to help. Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser  says it is important to stretch our recovery dollars and coordinate our efforts.  

Volunteerlouisiana.gov makes it easier to find options for donating time, goods, and money to Harvey relief  projects. 

Nungesser says the need will grow as people return to their homes and businesses. Working with coordination keeps volunteers safe and  can maximize efficiency. 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has expanded the

Flash Flood Watch to include portions of Louisiana and 
northeast Texas, including the following areas, in Louisiana, 
Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, 
Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, and 
Webster. In northeast Texas, Panola. 

Through Thursday evening

More Guardsmen Activated, Equipment Ready For Harvey

Aug 29, 2017
Louisian National Guard / geauxguard.com

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard, as directed by Governor John Bel Edwards, has activated approximately 210 Soldiers and Airmen in response to Hurricane Harvey, with an additional 230 full-time Guardsmen supporting efforts.

Last week, the LANG began prepositioning Guardsmen, high water vehicles and boats in south Louisiana parishes, to include Calcasieu, Vermillion, Orleans, and Lafayette.

National Hurricane Center

Louisiana and Texas continue to be pounded by severe flooding rains and tornadoes.  

An additional 10-15 inches of rain will fall today in Texas and Louisiana.  Currently, T.S. Harvey has backed out of Texas and is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The projected path of the storm has Harvey making a 3rd landfall near Lake Charles and the following a line to Alexandria. The center of the storm will continue to the north over Monroe on Thursday.

Seven airline flights to or from Houston via the Monroe Regional Airport have been cancelled.  Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport  and Houston Hobby Airport both are having flooding issues on their runways. The pooling of water on or over the runways in Houston is making it impossible for planes to takeoff or land. 

Both airports are closed until further notice.  This situation may continue for many days. 

Passengers are urged to check with airlines for the latest information. 

 

Today, President Donald Trump approved Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Federal Emergency Declaration request for Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion Parishes and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on Aug. 27, 2017, and continuing.

Louisiana State Parks

The Office of State Parks is offering a 50% discount on all overnight accommodations at selected northern Louisiana State Parks, for southeast Texas and south Louisiana residents evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

A list of the offered parks is as follows:

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