Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Cristobal

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of Cristobal potentially making landfall in Louisiana.


From the governor’s office:


Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Depression Cristobal, which is currently forecast to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico to become a Tropical Storm that will potentially make landfall in Louisiana this weekend.

“While it is still too early to know for sure what impact Cristobal could have on Louisiana, now is the time to make your plans, which should include the traditional emergency items along with masks and hand sanitizer as we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic,” Gov. Edwards said. “A Flash flood watch has already been issued for a large part of the state, and heavy rain is expected. It is critically important for the people of Louisiana to be aware of this tropical threat. Our state, local and federal partners have spent the past several days working with local governments and emergency officials preparing for issues related to this and the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. They are ready to respond as needed.”


Click here to read the Emergency Declaration.


The Governor will hold a Unified Command Group briefing on Tropical Depression Cristobal and COVID-19, tomorrow morning, followed by a 2:30 p.m. press conference at the State Capitol. The Governor’s press conferences can be streamed at



Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Cristobal Potentially Making Landfall in Louisiana | Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

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