Gov. Edwards seeks federal declaration due to Tropical Storm Barry

Delilah Campbell, 4, clears out driftwood and other debris in preparation of Tropical Storm Barry near New Orleans, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The area is normally a driveway at her family's home that is one of the few on land called batture on the outside of the Mississippi River levee at the border of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. The family removes the debris to prevent hearing clanging against the foundation pilings of the raised home. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Matthew Hinton

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked the Trump administration for a federal declaration of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along Louisiana's coast.

In a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump, Edwards asked that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed. His letter noted that in the past 24 hours, 28 parishes have issued emergency declarations and 14 are in the process of completing such declarations.

Edwards said it is necessary that critical pre-positioning be provided through federal assistance.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana National Guard said Edwards has authorized activating up to 3,000 soldiers and airmen ahead of the storm. Officials said high-water vehicles and boats have been staged and helicopters are ready to support as needed.

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