Louisiana is sheltering hundreds of evacuees from Texas; preparing for thousands more
Posted on 8/31/2017 2:50:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Governor John Bel Edwards said today that 1,120 people sheltered in Louisiana last night due to displacement from Harvey, and 876 were Texans. He says currently there are a thousand Louisiana national guardsmen who are assisting in search and rescue operations.

"They assisted in actually moving about 2300 people in Texas out of harms way yesterday," said Edwards.

Edwards says the state is planning to take in at least an additional 3,000 people from Texas today, to bring to shelters in Lake Charles, Alexandria and Shreveport. He says the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has rescued about 1,300 people in Texas, and 150 pets.

As far as impacts to Louisiana, there are roads that are impacted along the Sabine.

"That's going to play out for several more days because we still have rivers hat are very full," said Edwards. "They are just now starting to drain, but the closer you get to Texas, the higher the rivers are."

Edwards says he is asking the people of Louisiana to continue to prepare and remember that we are still in hurricane season. He says right now they are watching Category 3 Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic.

"It is tracking westward and we don't know where it's going to go," said Edwards. "But we know it has the possibility of impacting Louisiana in 10 to 12 days."
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