This morning Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency due to the severe storms and flooding plaguing south Louisiana, Nola.com reports. Due to the circumstances, many Baton Rouge area schools and offices have closed for the day.
LSU and Southern University are closed today due to the severe weather, though residence halls are open, according to The Advocate. State offices in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Lafayette, Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington will be closed today as well.
Capital Area Transit System has stopped service, but plans to resume.
In the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, several campuses in the Baton Rouge area have closed, according to The Advocate: Baton Rouge Community College (all campuses), River Parishes Community College (Gonzales, LA).
Due to the flooding and rainfall, more than 5,000 Entergy customers in East Baton Rouge Parish are without power, according to WBRZ.