Hurricane Harvey has devastated Southeast Texas in a catastrophic flooding event. The slow moving rain bands from the slow moving superstorm have made their way through Louisiana.
At the rate the rainbands (cloud and precipitation structure associated with an area of rainfall which is significantly elongated) are moving, most forecasts say that the rains will continue through the end of the week.
According to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Central Louisiana is set to receive around 8 inches of rainfall by the end of the week. There have been several road closures, and Vernon Parish Schools have been closed for days.
The Vernon Parish Police Jury have closed a number of roads throughout the parish. In an official release, Sheriff Sam Craft advised citizens to use extreme caution when driving. The police jury advises citizens not to travel roadways unless it is absolutely necessary.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department advises if citizens must travel into flooded areas to contact the VPSO at 337-238-1311 to see if the road is passable.
Flooding has prevented Progressive Waste from going about their regularly scheduled garbage collection route. It was announced by the police jury that garbage collection would start again as soon as conditions improve and roads become passible.
Due to the immense rainfall, Louisiana has been put under a state of emergency by Governor John Bel Edwards. On Monday August 28th, Governor Edwards mobilized the Louisiana National Guard to Southwest Louisiana to prepare for this unprecedented rain event.
According to a press release from the Louisiana National Guard, Governor Edwards activated approximately 210 soldiers and airmen in response to Hurricane Harvey, with an additional 230 full-time guardsmen supporting efforts. "Being ready and in place is as important as any training that we do, and our engagements at Parish level are absolutely critical," said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard. "In anticipation of the storm's track, we continue prepositioning equipment and vehicles in potentially affected areas as well as responding to the immediate needs of today."