37 Louisiana Parishes Declared Disaster Areas after Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is triggering flooding in parts of  Louisiana but the storm is having less of an impact than expected. At a  news briefing, Governor John Bel Edwards said 37  parishes have declared disasters, but overall the state – quote – "has  fared much better than we thought might have been the case."

Harvey made landfall over southwestern Louisiana early yesterday  packing 45-mile-an-hour winds, heavy rain and triggering coastal  flooding. Hundreds of Louisiana roads have standing water and I-10  westbound is closed at the state's border with Texas due to heavy  flooding. Edwards cautioned residents not to let their guard down,  saying it will be another 24 hours or so before the storm tracks to the  northeast and exits the state.

“We’ve been through this and we’ve seen it,” Gov. Edwards offered.  “We’ve been through all that and so we’re going to comfort the people  and so we need to keep the people of Louisiana and more importantly the  people of Texas in our prayers.”

Source: WAFB