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EMERGENCY EVENT: Severe Weather - River Flooding

Press Release:

  • Gov. Edwards Issues State Emergency Declaration Due to River Flooding
    Baton Rouge (February 26, 2018): Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in several parishes across Louisiana as a result of severe weather and flooding. The emergency declaration is for Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bossier, Caddo, Grant, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides Parishes.

  • Prepare Livestock for Rising River
    Baton Rouge (February 26, 2018): Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said livestock and farm equipment owners in the Shreveport area should prepare to move both to higher ground as a result of river flooding.

  • GOHSEP's Crisis Action Team Activated due to Threat of Severe Weather, River Concerns
    Baton Rouge (February 23, 2018): The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) activated its Crisis Action Team (CAT) due to the ongoing threat of severe weather in some portions of the state and due to growing concerns about river levels caused by heavy rain in the region. Several inches of rain have already fallen this week in some locations. Louisiana is wrapping up the 2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week with our local, state and federal partners.




For shelter information contact your Parish OHSEP.


State employees should be aware of the following phone numbers to call, which will be updated with information regarding office closures: 1.800.360.9660 or 225.342.0498.


  • For preparedness tips visit: www.GetAGameplan.org
  • Do not walk through flowing water, as drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet;
  • Do not drive your car through a flooded area, as it does not take much water to carry away a vehicle. Do not drive around road barriers, because you do not know if the road of a bridge has been washed out;
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, as electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company.


    Click the hyperlinks below for important information
  • For lists of flood alerts across the state from the National Weather Service: click here
  • For contact information for local Office of Emergency Preparedness: click here
  • For regular updates through social media: facebook,   twitter
  • - Emergency Alerts Weather App now available for iPhone and iPad in the Apple iTunes Store!

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