Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Orleans Parish in response to flash flooding throughout the city of New Orleans and the recent malfunction of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board’s (S&WB) power plant.

“This is a serious situation, and it was out of an abundance of caution that I issued an emergency declaration” said Gov. Edwards. “I want to ensure everyone in New Orleans that they have the full support of the state. We will do everything possible to work with Mayor Landrieu and city officials to respond effectively to any flooding that might occur and to prevent any threat to our citizens and property. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness stands ready to deploy state resources as needed.”

Click here to read the governor’s emergency proclamation, effective as of Aug. 5, 2017.