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Louisiana governor declares state of emergency as storm drenches region

Abby Tabor / AP

Vehicles drive through floodwaters on Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux, La., Jan. 10. Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a statewide emergency Thursday after storms rolled across Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and flooding some areas. The declaration lets Louisiana use state money to help local governments recover from storm damage.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday, as the National Weather Service issued multiple flood warnings after severe weather drenched the state's southeast region.

In addition to flooding concerns, the National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes touched down in Louisiana Thursday morning: one near New Iberia, another in Breaux Bridge and a third near Plaquemine.

"The state anticipates additional parishes will declare states of emergency and that assistance may be needed to assist the parishes in their response to this continuing threat," the declaration read.

The state's Acadia, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Livingston and St. Landry parishes also made emergency declarations, which will help prepare funds and resources for responding to flooding from the storms, WDSU reported.

Widespread street flooding was reported in Ascension, St. James, St. John and Livingston parishes, according to WDSU.

The Louisiana National Guard is on standby and has sent high-water trucks to some areas, according to WDSU.

The region won't be drying out anytime soon. Another storm system is expected to bring heavy rainfall Saturday night through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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