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Trump Declares State Of Emergency In Louisiana Ahead Of Tropical Storm Barry

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Trump Declares State Of Emergency In Louisiana Ahead Of Tropical Storm Barry

Trump Declares State Of Emergency In Louisiana Ahead Of Tropical Storm Barry

President Trump has decided to declare a federal emergency for Louisiana, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts ahead of the growing Tropical Storm Barry.

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Trump approved the federal assistance after a request made by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who noted that within the past 24 hours, around 28 parishes had issued emergency declarations and other were in the process of doing so. So far, residents have been stacking sandbags or fleeing to somewhere of higher ground in preparation for torrential rainfall and heavy flooding expected once the storm lands from the Gulf of Mexico either late Friday.

Trump further discussed plans in a tweet on Thursday saying,

“To everyone on the Gulf Coast: As you make preparations to protect your homes & loved ones from flooding & the coming storm, it is imperative that you heed the directions of @FEMA, State & Local Officials. We are working closely w/ them. Please be prepared, be careful, & be SAFE!”

Edwards also thanked Donald Trump for taking action:

“Thank you President Trump for quickly responding to my request for a federal disaster declaration,” the Democrat wrote. “We appreciate the support of the White House and our federal partners as we continue our unprecedented flood fight and respond to Tropical Storm.”

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