Posted: Aug 16, 2010 3:01 PM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 4:09 PM
As Remnants of Tropical Depression Five Move Toward Louisiana, State Prepares for Possible Severe Weather and Flooding
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is monitoring possible severe weather associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression 5, which currently is moving westward through the Gulf of Mexico and heading toward southeast Louisiana.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rainfall through Wednesday. Some parishes could receive up to eight inches of rain and should prepare for possible flooding. The ground is saturated in many areas because of heavy rain in recent days. The NWS has issued a Coastal Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Watch for parts of coastal and central Louisiana.
GOHSEP's Crisis Action team will continue to monitor the severe weather and stay in close contact with local governments. GOHSEP also has personnel in impacted parishes to provide support. Governor Jindal declared a State of Emergency on August 10, 2010, the first time Tropical Depression 5 was projected to impact Louisiana. This declaration remains in effect.
"It is imperative that Louisiana residents be ready in the event that flooding impacts their communities," said GOHSEP Director Mark Cooper. "We are in the most active part of hurricane season and this severe weather is an example of how a storm system can dissipate and then resurrect itself and quickly affect our state. This is why all families need a plan for protecting themselves when severe weather strikes."
The state offers the following safety tips for areas affected by flooding:
IMPORTANCE OF BEING PREPARED
Throughout any tropical storm or hurricane, public information will be released through GOHSEP and the state Joint Information Center. A list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information can be found on the www.getagameplan.org website.
Preparedness kits include: