GOHSEP monitoring heavy rainfall across Louisiana

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/18 2014 10:32AM

Updated 07/18 2014 10:39AM

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is keeping a close on heavy rainfall impacting much of  Louisiana. 
The National Weather Service forecasts indicate the threat of flooding could extend into the weekend.

Several parishes are under a Flash Flood Watch. GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis urges everyone to pay attention to your local forecast in case additional advisories or warnings are issued.  GOHSEP is in contact with local emergency management officials as the weather system is monitored.

Each year, flooding causes more deaths than any other thunderstorm related hazard.  Here are some safety tips from the National Weather Service:
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown.
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new ALERT FM App.  It is free for basic service.   You can also download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other important information at www.getagameplan.org. The Get a Game Plan App is also available for download to your smart phones or tablets.    

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