NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Several parishes in northwest Louisiana have declared a state of emergency over widespread flooding, and in response the governor has authorized the National Guard to help.
Governor John Bel Edwards issued the order Wednesday after nearly a foot of rain fell over parts of northwest Louisiana Tuesday night and Wednesday and more rain is on the way.
The governor’s office says eight guardsmen and four high water vehicles will be used in Bossier Parish.
Dozens of homes were flooded and scores of residents were evacuated, but no one was hurt.
Louisiana State Police have closed Interstate 20 near Gibsland. Sgt. Cordell Williams says both the east and westbound lanes are covered with a foot of water Wednesday making the road impassable.
Eastbound traffic is being detoured off I-20 at exit 61 to U.S. 80 and back on the interstate at exit 55. Westbound traffic is exiting I-20 at exit 55 onto U.S. 80 and back on the interstate at Gibsland.
Williams did not know how long the highway would be closed.