Gov. Edwards issues state of emergency for Louisiana

Gov. Edwards issues state of emergency for Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Louisiana as a result of the torrential storms that moved across the state Friday.

The declaration will remain in effect until Sept. 10.

"We are in constant contact with local officials and first responders, and assistance is already on the move to affected parishes," Edwards said. "The most important thing to remember is to obey road signs and to constantly monitor the news for updates to ensure everyone's safety. Every available resource will be used to assist citizens as this situation continues to unfold."

Heavy rain and flooding has caused Louisiana officials to closed state offices in 14 parishes.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said offices in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Lafayette, Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Baton Rouge are closed Friday.

Dardenne said officials are monitoring weather conditions across the state.

Heavy rain is also causing problems in southern Mississippi.

Officials in Pike County say roads are closed and water is nearing homes in the town of Osyka (oh-SY'-kuh), just north of the Louisiana-Mississippi state line.

The weather is expected to continue through early Saturday.

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