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Louisiana expected to escape most effects of Sally

Posted at 1:38 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 15:20:20-04

It looks like most of Louisiana will escape ill effects from Hurricane Sally, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press briefing today.

Louisiana will not be seeing much of an impact from this hurricane but Sally is expected to bring widespread flooding from Mississippi to the western Florida panhandle.

The movement of Hurricane Sally eastward has been good news for Louisiana. The governor said the state's primary concern now is flooding in low-lying areas in southeast Louisiana because of storm surge, including in Grand Isle and St. Bernard Parish.

"All in all, we'll take the storm as she is rather than the one forecast a few days ago," Edwards said.

There are pumps staged on Grand Isle ready to help if the island needs them, he said.

Bad news for Mississippi and Alabama is the storm is moving slowly, and aiming for that coast, he said. Significant storm surge and a lot of rain is expected for that area, he said. There are no forecasts for the storm to strengthen beyond a Cat 1, he said.

Louisiana now is focused on continued recovery from Hurricane Laura, COVID testing and response, and offering assistance for Alabama and Mississippi, he said.

Tomorrow all state offices closed because of Sally will be open; those still closed because of Laura will remain closed. That's in Beauregard, Cameron and Calcasieu parishes.

The Blue Roof Program registration is set to stop on September 21, he said. Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon parish homeowners can register. Find out more here. The state has asked for the deadline to be extended to the end of the month.

If you still need shelter because of Hurricane Laura, call 888.991.5229 to register for continued shelter. If you're not eligible for continued sheltering and you can return home - meaning no major home damage and basic services are back up - you are being asked to do that. You can read our story about shelter and hotel registration here.

He talked about DNAP; you can find the details here if you need to register or apply. If you pre-registered, you still need to call to complete the process of application, he said.

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