Jindal issues State of Emergency proclamation

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles

Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency on Dec. 30 regarding the imminent threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, Red River and other state bodies of water. 

“The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the length of the Mississippi River with predicted river crests well above flood stage in many locations which, combined with recent weather conditions across the middle of the nation, create the potential for major flooding along the Mississippi River,” states the issued proclamation. 

According to Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (APOHSEP), the river in Donaldsonville is expected to crest at 32 feet on Jan. 20. The levees on the east bank stand at 47-51 feet, while the levees on the west bank stand at 35-38 feet. 

The 32 foot crest sits just beneath the 32.24 foot crest mark that occurred in Donaldsonville in 2011, in which the Bonnet Carre and Morganza Spillway were opened to reduce flood threats in New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. 

APOHSEP Director Richard Webre said he does not anticipate flooding to any critical infrastructures or to the Parish, though the river levels will continued to be monitored. 

“GOHSEP stands ready to assist our local partners in any way necessary to get through this event,” said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. “We also urge the public to Get A Game Plan if your home or business could be impacted.”

The state of emergency will be in affect until Jan. 28, unless terminated sooner.