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Edwards updates on storm impact; one storm related death confirmed, three other deaths reported

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Posted at 9:14 AM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 14:28:08-04

Governor Edwards provided an update on the severe flooding and weather impact on the state at a press conference.

On Monday Edwards declared a statewide state of emergency with state offices closing on Tuesday. Further closures will be announced later.

In Lake Charles, 15 inches of rain fell in just a matter of hours causing extensive flooding in the area and forcing rescues and evacuations for some residents.

"Another natural disaster has setback recovery plans," Edwards says. He says he has been in contact with Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter to assist with getting then assistance.

13 inches of rain has fallen in Southeastern Louisiana, Edwards says. There has been comparisons to the 2016 flooding event but Edwards says the breaks in rainfall has been the big difference this time.

"We have not had a lot of rain up north and water is receding quickly, however water in homes and vehicle is no consolation. This is still a serious weather event."

More rainfall is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday. An additional rounds of storms are expected for Thursday but Edwards says that with weather, things can change.

"If there is a watch or warning," Edward says " Heed those"

There are submerged vehicle one person died and another was injured. Another person is missing. Other reports of a body found in Baton Rouge in a vehicle. There are two additional deaths related to power outages.
4 deaths in total, however there is only there is only one coroner report linking the weather a death, so far. Edwards says that others may be forthcoming.

"The worst place you can be in a flash flood is in your vehicle," Edwards says.

There are still road closures in the state. Edwards says to visit

Sheltering operations will all be locally run and those who need shelter should contact local parish officials, Edwards says.

Power outages have been reported across Louisiana but those incidents are quickly being restored. If anyone is using a generator Edwards says to use care when doing so.

See viewer submitted video and photos of flooding and damage, here.

Read more from the KATC Weather Team: Flooding threat continues for the week

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