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Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump approves federal disaster declaration for Louisiana

President Trump approves federal disaster declaration for Louisiana

Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding, the White House said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said Sunday in a text message that the state had sent 10 agents, 10 trucks and 10 boats as of early this morning.

Erickson said a tornado watch is in effect in Cameron Parish.

The National Weather Service has forecast flooding rains that could impede evacuation from those areas in the parish in the event the hurricane approaches south central Louisiana.

Erickson said Harvey is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Sunday before slowly moving up the Texas coast.

On Sunday, Edwards warned Louisiana residents to remain vigilant.

He continued, adding that "Louisiana will remain in this storm's path for the next week, from Southwest Louisiana to North Louisiana". He said the storm could cause a "long duration" of heavy rain. "It is critically important for the people of Louisiana, particularly those in Southwest Louisiana, to recognize that we are not out of the woods".

In Texas, at least two people are dead and more than a dozen injured due to the storm that has battered the region, including the cities of Corpus Christi and Houston. "We will see rain in Louisiana as well but it's hard to predict what will happen next".

In New Orleans, police staged barriers at low-lying points throughout the city, which was caught by surprise by a storm August 5 that left widespread flooding when several of the city's pumps failed.

"Nearly 12 years ago, Texans opened their doors to the people of Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina devastated our state", Edwards said.

Meteorologist Jared Rackley says they have yet to survey the area but photos show an overturned camper and other damage. In 2016, Texas Taskforce 1 was dispatched to our state to provide support during the historic floods. Its drainage pumps still aren't working at full capacity.

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