All areas south of Intracoastal in Cameron back under mandatory evacuation

Cameron OHSEP will notify residents when the evacuation will be fully lifted.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide emergency declaration in preparation of the storm Thursday. He said the state also sent personnel to help Texas officials coordinate other out-of-state resources being sent there.

Harvey is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi Saturday morning, but Edwards says Louisiana will be affected. Latest forecasts say it will be stalled in the region for several days.

It was expected to start moving toward the northeast on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains through Friday to already inundated parts of east Texas and into neighbouring southwestern Louisiana.

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National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Monday for Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, and Vernon parishes.

Rainfall forecasts for this region are for 5.75 to 11 inches, he said. Intense rainfall may overwhelm local drainage systems.

Tornadoes were also a threat.

Cameron Parish has roughly 6,800 residents living in the coastal community, which was devastated by storm surge from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008.

If you live in Vermilion Parish, you can text your zip code to the number, 888-777, to get emergency alerts from the Office of Emergency Preparedness in Vermilion Parish. He said there were no reports of injuries or fatalities but there were some property damage.

Tornado and flash flood watches covered parts of southwest Louisiana as Harvey began dropping torrential rains on Louisiana.

Edwards said at least 18 parishes had declared a state of emergency.

Kent Kuyper, a Nation Weather Service meteorologist in Lake Charles, said about 5 to 10 inches of rain was expected to fall Monday in southwest Louisiana.

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A mandatory evacuation for parts of Cameron Parish in southwest Louisiana is now in effect as the state prepares for Hurricane Harvey.

Gov. John Bel Edwards was scheduled to be briefed Saturday afternoon by state emergency officials. “It is critically important for the people of Louisiana, particularly those in Southwest Louisiana, to recognize that we are not out of the woods”. Central Louisiana could get anywhere from 3 to about 8 inches. And officials urged vigilance in New Orleans, where problems with the drainage system were exposed during flash floods on August 5. The slow-moving storm has caused catastrophic flooding in Texas.

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