From Pat Brister and STPG:

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St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister has made an emergency declaration this afternoon to help coordinate the response to parish-wide flooding and the threat of continuing severe weather

The Bogue Falaya, Bogue Chitto, and Tchefuncte Rivers are reaching historic levels and will continue to rise over the next 24 hours. People in these watershed areas should carefully consider whether or not they need to leave their homes. The Sheriff’s Office is urging residents in these areas to do so before dark. After dark, residents may be unable to leave and rescue efforts may be more challenging. Parish Government has opened an emergency shelter at the Magnolia Center located at 13296 Hwy 40 in Folsom. A second shelter will be open within the next several hours at the Covington High School gym, located at 73030 Lion Drive off of US 190 in Covington.

All non-essential Parish Government offices are now closed. St. Tammany Parish Government is working in cooperation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Fire Districts, the National Weather Service, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Acadian Ambulance.

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