Flood Update: Mississippi River Rising in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. – State agencies in Louisiana continued their flood preparation and response efforts on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The rising water is slowly taking over thousands of acres of farmland. The state estimates 18 thousand acres of crops will be lost. The federal emergency declaration for the state has been amended to include the parishes of East Feliciana, Franklin, Lafourche, and Richland. FEMA said the seven other parishes that were requested and not included in this amendment have not been denied, but are under review pending further documentation of costs incurred in support of this event. The remaining seven parishes yet to be included are: Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, Ouachita, Lincoln, Caldwell and Evangeline. KATC.com reports: FLOOD FIGHTING EFFORTS The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has 349 staff members and 261 trucks and equipment actively deployed in flood prevention efforts. The Louisiana National Guard deployed National Guard Liaison teams to 19 affected parishes in order to coordinate National Guard support to Parish efforts. In support of State and Parish requirements, we have approximately 1,150 Guardsmen mobilized for this event. Today, the National Guard is providing aviation support to state officials in order to assess flooding following the opening of the Morganza Spillway. In support of St. Landry Parish and East Carroll Parish, LANG will support parish leadership to assess current and potential flooding impacts. The Louisiana National Guard is also providing 22 personnel to support GOHSEP's Individual Assistance Program. The team has linked with Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and is currently training to prepare for future support to recovery phase operations. Follow Current Updates Related Searches: Louisiana maritime lawyer Houston maritime lawyer

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