Governor declares state of emergency for extreme heat

Published 2:27 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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By Crystal Stevenson, American Press

Special to The Bogalusa Daily News

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday declared a state of emergency due to the multiple impacts of extreme heat affecting the state.

“The Louisiana Department of Health reports that the state has already exceeded the average number of annual heat-related emergency room visits,” Edwards said. “Additionally, drought conditions and a significant drop in the Mississippi River’s water level have added stress on water supplies and agriculture.”

Edwards said his declaration will allow the state to mobilize resources and aid those most affected.

With this very hot, humid, and sunny weather residents are advised to take the proper heat safety precautions. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given. Residents are advised to avoid strenuous activity and prolonged time outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning, and drink plenty of water. Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.

“Please continue to take precautions when you are outside and check on neighbors who might need assistance,” Edwards said.

This article has been edited to only include local content.