Governor John Bel Edwards says while Louisiana will have some picking up to do after Harvey, “Things are not as bad as had been forecasted, and so we’re very thankful for that.”
He says our neighbors to the west were not nearly as fortunate.
“Mother Nature, obviously, can sometimes throw at you more than you can handle. That’s what’s happened in Texas, and so the need is right across the border.”
Edwards says state Wildlife and Fisheries agents continue to work alongside their Texas counterparts doing flood rescues, and the state is offering shelter space for 3400 Texans in Shreveport, should Texas need it.
He also passes along a request for those traveling from or through our state.
“Texas authorities have asked that you not do so through south Texas along I-10, because once you get into the state of Texas, I-10 becomes completely impassible in certain areas.”
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says that impassibility means you shouldn’t be impulsive in your desire to help.
“Do not load up your car and head to Texas,” Nungesser warns. “And also, if you’re wanting to help with a boat – the Cajun Navy – don’t just grab your boat and get on the highway.”
Instead, Nungesser says, “Go to volunteerlouisiana.gov and click on ‘How to Help’.”
There are volunteer opportunities listed, along with organizations that are currently collecting funds and goods for Harvey relief.
“Mindful of how generous the people were across the country last year, when we sustained major flooding, if you’re out there wondering what you can do right now to assist, I would encourage you to please make a generous contribution to the agency of your choice in Texas,” Governor Edwards adds, noting, “That’s what it means to be a good neighbor.”