Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents Monday that the worst of Tropical Storm Harvey "is likely to come for us here in Louisiana.”
As Harvey continues to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is bracing for flooding. While Louisiana is unlikely face the same scale of "catastrophic" flooding that's happening in Houston, the devastation in Texas has served as a painful reminder for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
"It really evoked a lot of emotions and heartbreak for the people who are going through that now in Houston," Ray Gratia said as he collected sandbags for his New Orleans home, which flooded from the 2005 hurricane.
President Donald Trump issued a federal emergency declaration Monday for five parishes in southwest Louisiana: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermillion.
In addition, the Louisiana National Guard has readied its high-water vehicles and boats in preparation for possible flood missions.
Police in New Orleans said some city streets have already flooded, which the city's mayor, Mitch Landrieu, attributed to the failure of a recently repaired pump. He added that while most of the pumps were working, New Orleans is continuing to improve its pumping system.
Landrieu took to Twitter to encourage residents to stay home Tuesday "out of an abundance of caution."
I am recommending that everyone stay home tom. out of an abundance of caution. Please stay off of the roads tomorrow.— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) August 28, 2017
Louisiana is also assisting Texas by sending teams of 40 wildlife and fisheries agents with 40 boats to join search-and-rescue efforts. The governor said once Harvey passes, Louisiana can offer more resources to assist Texas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.