Louisiana under state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall — here’s what it looks like on the ground

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Louisiana under state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall — here’s what it looks like on the ground


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Belfast Street near Eagle Street in New Orleans after flooding on July 10.

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  • Louisiana is facing high winds, rain, and evacuations as the state bunkers down amid Tropical Storm Barry.

  • The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and make landfall over the weekend, threatening downpours that could flood local levees and rivers.
  • Residents prepared throughout the week with supplies and evacuations as the storm drew nearer.
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Louisiana is facing high winds, rain, and evacuations as the state bunkers down in preparation for Tropical Storm Barry.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for Louisiana on Thursday, and the storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, at which point winds would clock in at 74 mph or more.

The levees and rivers across the state pose the greatest danger to spreading damage to nearby areas as they reach record-high water levels.

See how Louisiana looks from the ground as the storm creeps closer to making landfall.

Residents in towns on Louisiana’s coastal areas stocked up on supplies as they braced for Barry.

Port Sulphur in Louisiana on July 11.

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More than 2 million people in the state were under some kind of warning ahead of the storm, according to USA Today.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Thursday that the state was under a state of emergency, particularly the “entire coast of Louisiana is at play in this storm.”

“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers, and rain,” Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”

Storms that popped up earlier in the week had shown signs of potential damage to surrounding areas, including massive rains and flooding that could ramp up into the weekend.

Belfast Street near Eagle Street in New Orleans on July 10.

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The heavy rain from thunderstorms that struck on Wednesday and the “approaching precipitation from Barry over the Gulf fueled flooding concerns and sparked evacuations in and around New Orleans,” AccuWeather reported.

The storms wreaked havoc on residents in areas including New Orleans, where some homes were hit especially hard.

A damaged home in New Orleans on July 10.

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Local groups got to work ahead of the weekend, setting up sandbags for residents to prevent flooding from nearby waterways.

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in Chalmette, Louisiana, on July 11.

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Low spots on the coast, including in Chalmette, Louisiana, presented points of concern for local groups who targeted vulnerable areas with added dirt and sandbags.

Meteorologists predicted as much as 25 inches of rain could fall during the storm, which could mean dangerous flooding along parts of the Gulf Coast on Friday and Saturday.

Delilah Campbell, 4, clears out driftwood and other debris in preparation of Tropical Storm Barry near New Orleans on July 11.

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Edwards said, “The more information we get, the more concerned we are that this is going to be an extreme rain event.”

Authorities are worried about possibly record-breaking water levels, as the river has been predicted to reach 19 feet above sea level, the highest in 60 years.

The Mississippi River approaches a levee at left in New Orleans on July 11.

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The state’s National Guard was on hand ahead of the weekend to assist with sandbagging efforts and to prepare high-water vehicles, boats, and helicopters for missions as needed.

Soldiers with the Army National Guard in Chalmette on July 11.

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The Louisiana National Guard was reportedly authorized to dedicate up to 3,000 soldiers and airmen for preparations and later search and rescue missions.

“The Louisiana National Guard is taking a proactive and aggressive approach in dealing with the preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Barry,” said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said, according to the US Army. “This will allow our Guardsmen to be more successful in their priority missions immediately following the storm — search and rescue operations and commodities distribution.”

Residents in the area remained on high alert as some reportedly cited the devastation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as fueling their fears of flooding.

Belfast Street near Eagle Street in New Orleans on July 10.

Matthew Hinton/AP

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