Heavy rainfall expected from Hurricane Harvey
Aug. 25, 2017 – The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, under the direction of President Kevin Guidry, has issued an Emergency Declaration ahead of Hurricane Harvey. An Emergency Declaration means emergency plans have been activated.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana.
The Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials are advising residents to be prepared for flooding over the next week. Harvey is likely to dump an estimated 9-15 inches of rain in Southwest Louisiana from Friday night through next week. Storm surges are estimated at 1-3 feet.
The threat of heavy rain on top of already-swollen rivers makes flooding likely. The Calcasieu River is already high in some locations, so any additional rainfall will be unable to drain quickly.
The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a flood warning for Calcasieu Parish and areas of Cameron Parish are under a mandatory evacuation.
The Police Jury ratified this declaration at its Thursday meeting.