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Houston Offers Aid to Louisiana Residents as Tropical Storm Barry Approaches

Louisiana residents are prepping for Tropical Storm Barry. Louisiana residents are prepping for Tropical Storm Barry.  |  Photo: ABC News

Associated Press
Updated: July 12, 2019 04:33 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Still recovering from 2017's Hurricane Harvey, the city of Houston is helping neighboring Louisiana as Tropical Storm Barry looms.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner's office on Friday announced a Houston Relief Hub and a call for donations ranging from diapers to batteries to bottled water. The statement says relief items will be delivered directly to New Orleans.

A city of Houston tweet says some residents were "preparing to help our neighbors in New Orleans and the greater Louisiana area" as Barry headed toward the coast.

Harvey made landfall in South Texas in August 2017, then dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of flood-prone Houston, causing numerous bayous to overflow.

Houston is located 340 miles west of New Orleans. It took in about 150,000 evacuees after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005.

Search-and-rescue teams are stationed at three places in Mississippi in preparation for torrential rainfall from Tropical Storm Barry as it pushes north from the Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman T.J. Werre said Friday the teams are on the Gulf Coast, at Camp Shelby military base near Hattiesburg and in Pike County in the southwestern part of the state near the Louisiana state line.

The coast is expected to receive tidal surge and the southwestern part of the state is expected to see the heaviest rainfall from Friday to Sunday.

About 550,000 acres in the rural Mississippi Delta, north of Vicksburg, has been flooded for months - much of it, farmland. Werre says the storm could exacerbate that problem as it moves north along the Mississippi River.

A Friday afternoon advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds remain near 65 mph. The hurricane center says additional strengthening is expected and the storm is forecast to be a hurricane when its center reaches the coast.
    
The slow-moving storm is prompting fears of flooding in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Hurricane warnings are in effect along the Louisiana coast.

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