As Louisiana continues to assist Texas with its recovery from Hurricane Harvey, the state has called up 1,000 national guardsmen to aid the effort, sheltered nearly 1,000 Texas residents and rescued more than 2,300 people from harms way.
"We're going to do everything we can to be the best possible neighbors to Texas," Gov. John Bel Edwards said in his latest update on Thursday.
Edwards stressed that his administration has been in steady contact with Texas Gov. Greg Abbot and that state's emergency officials to coordinate dual efforts and assistance.
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Louisiana was largely spared by the effects from Harvey as it has crawled its way across the state.
Harvey made landfall in Texas last Friday as a Category 4 hurricane. It then stalled over the Texas Gulf Coast, dumping massive amounts of rain onto Houston and the surrounding areas.
Several people had to be evacuated from low-lying areas of southwest Louisiana -- largely because of water-covered roads that have remained impassable.
Edwards said that damage assessments are ongoing, but he expects that the number of Louisiana households affected will be in the hundreds.
The state, which has weathered several named storms each hurricane season for the past several years, had been bracing for a bigger impact from Harvey and had responders and resources positioned in case they were needed.
Louisiana shelters are expected to take in 3,000 more evacuees from Texas Thursday.
"We have a lot of capacity. At this point in time it only makes sense to accommodate as many people from Texas as they need us to accommodate," Edwards said.