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Governor Edwards holds press conference on Tropical Storm Barry

Posted: 1:02 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 16:22:57-04
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Governor Edwards along with several officials in Louisiana gave an update on the Tropical Storm Barry and the state of Louisiana.

With high rainfall totals expected in the state, Edwards is asking for residents in the path of the storm to stay aware.

Search and rescue teams have been positioned across the state to be ready for deployment during and after the storm. Around 3,000 guardsmen will be deployed several different parishes as Barry makes landfall.

There are a few mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, however in Acadiana, only voluntary evacuations have been ordered. Those can be viewed here. Residents who are leaving areas that have been evacuated are asked to do so in a timely manner and utilize evacuation routes which are clearly marked along the roadway.

About 700 buses will be available for use as needed for evacuations when necessary. Motorists should not drive through standing water.

The Megashelter in Alexandria will be opened during and after the storm. General population shelters and Red Cross shelters will be opening as needed. For those looking for local shelters, they can contact Louisiana 211

The Governor stated that state offices are expected to close on Friday July 12.

Edwards is expected to be in Morgan City later on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Edwards declared a State of Emergency for the state. For the latest information on Barry, click here .

For a list of resources and information on the storm, click here