Louisiana prepares for threat of severe weather
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Emergency officials across the state have started to prepare for this weekend's expected storms.
They are encouraging everyone to be ready for the threat of severe weather.
The Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is activating its crisis action team. That state team will be on standby to answer any calls for support from local emergency agencies.
They say hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible with this storm system, and heavy rain will also be a concern for some areas.
GOHSEP will also be hosting a series of conference calls with local emergency managers about this weekend's weather threat.
GOHSEP's director says the state has dealt with similar storms systems in recent weeks that have similar characteristics as the one expected this weekend.
He is encouraging everyone to check their emergency supplies to make sure you are your family are ready.
In Jefferson Parish, public works crews have been working to make sure all pumps are fully functional and operational. Directors with the Emergency Operations Center have been in contact with the National Weather Service who will provide updates as the storm system moves in. Jefferson Parish Drainage Pump Stations staff and Public Works crews are available for this anticipated weather.
Citizens are asked to help reduce the chance of street flooding by clearing debris from their streets and drains around their property; such debris impedes water flow into the drainage system. Also retrieve garbage cans and store them properly after their pick up date and take any other precautions to protect their property.
Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn is asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of severe weather today, before the weather deteriorates, by cleaning out storm drains, assisting any neighbors who need help and monitoring weather reports on radio and TV.
With the potential for winds up to 65 mph in severe storms and street flooding, residents also are urged to avoid driving in any flooded areas.