Federal declaration of emergency sought by Edwards due to Barry

Don Ames
July 11, 2019 - 7:51 pm

With Tropical Storm Barry expected to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the Louisiana coast, Governor Edwards has asked the Trump administration for a federal declaration of emergency. 

The governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday, asking that Louisiana receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be deemed necessary.

Edwards' letter notes that in the past 24 hours, 28 parishes have issued emergency declarations and 14 are in the process of completing such declarations.

The governor says it's necessary that critical pre-positioning be provided through federal assistance.

The Louisiana National Guard, meanwhile, says Edwards has authorized activating up to 3,000 soldiers and airmen ahead of the storm.

Officials say high-water vehicles and boats have been staged and helicopters are ready to support as needed. 

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