Parish president declares state of emergency

Published 3:14 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019

Washington Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas announced a state of emergency for Washington Parish on Thursday afternoon.

The state of emergency was declared in a formal proclamation released Thursday, as Washington Parish prepares to face the impact of Tropical Cyclone No. 2 this weekend.

In the proclamation, Thomas noted that the threats include tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall along rivers and creeks that can lead to the flooding of homes and property, as well as road and bridge closures.

“A state of emergency is hereby declared to exist parish-wide as a result of flash flooding, the effects of which continue to threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the parish,” Thomas stated, in the proclamation.

Tropical Cyclone No. 2 is expected to develop into a tropical storm, and possibly become a hurricane, before making landfall.