UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Louisiana’s governor has declared a state of emergency in New Orleans in response to rains and flooding that are expected to increase.
Gov. John Bel Edwards declared the emergency on Aug. 10 after a power shortage threatened the city’s drainage pumps.
New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city doesn’t have backup power to run drainage pumps in certain parts of the city.
The state government will reportedly provide 14 generators to the city through the rest of hurricane season.
Edwards said, “Obviously, this is a serious situation, but it’s not something to be panicked about.”
Landrieu also declared state of emergency in the city, allowing its government to sidestep some regulations to respond more quickly.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said the upcoming hurricane season “has the potential to be extremely active.” NOAA is predicting 14 to 19 named storms this season.