Tropical Storm Cindy is churning in the Gulf of Mexico.  Governor John Bel Edwards and his team from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness want residents to know the greatest threat from this storm is heavy rain and flash flooding.

GHOSEP is currently being staffed around the clock and is coordinating with state agencies, parish officials and first responders who are putting resources in place for residents who might need help.

Governor Edwards issued this statement:

The main threat continues to be the potential for heavy rainfall tonight through Thursday, It is critically important for everyone to stay informed by your local media, as well as updates being made on social media. Fortunately, we have advance notice and that gives everyone time to put an emergency plans in place. I have every confidence in the emergency officials at the state and local levels who are working non-stop to ensure that the people of our state are protected. My office along with GOHEP will continue to provide updates, and you can also visit for the latest information.

If your property is prone to flooding, you might need to get some sandbags before the rains arrive. Here's where you can pick them up:

Shreveport at the city facility at Mansfield Rd. and Claiborne Ave.

Wednesday, June 21:  noon – 7 p.m. (open longer if necessary)

Thursday, June 22:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (open longer if necessary)

Friday, June 23:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (open longer if necessary)

Bossier City: the city’s Public Service Complex, 3223 Old Shed Road beginning Wednesday June 21 at 9 a.m.

Caddo Parish: Department of Fleet Services 1701 Monty Street from noon-3:30pm beginning on Wednesday. There is a limit of 25 bags per visit.

Bossier Parish:

Elm Grove: South Bossier Fire District 2, 3551 Louisiana Highway 527
Haughton: Haughton Fire District 1, 4494 U.S. Highway 80
Haughton: Town of Haughton, 120 W. McKinley
Plain Dealing: Town of Plain Dealing, 205 W. Palmetto

Benton: The Bossier Parish Highway Department Maintenance Barn, 410 Mayfield St.

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler has also directed the City of Shreveport departments of Police, Fire, Public Works, and Water & Sewerage to take all necessary pre-actions required to keep city service operational as well as maintaining the ability to respond to citizen’s needs during the event.

The Louisiana National Guard has moved high water vehicles and helicopters into areas that could potentially flood. FEMA is moving 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into the state and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is prepared to support any requests from the affected parishes.

State officials strongly encourage individuals to avoid attempting to cross high water in vehicles.

Is your family prepared in case we have emergency conditions? Find out what you need to do right here.