Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (center) stands with several local officials during a press conference hosted at the Evangeline Parish 9-1-1 Office on Sunday, May 19, 2019, where he addressed the massive amount of storm damage that occurred early Sunday morning in Evangeline Parish. Local officials present for the press conference included: Louisiana Senator Eric LaFleur; Louisiana State Representative Bernard LeBas; Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor Dirk Deville; Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Liz Hill; Major Jeremy Mitchell, with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office; Pat Derouselle, Chairman of the Evangeline Parish 9-1-1/OEP Board and Solid Waste Commissioner; Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue; Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine; Ville Platte Fire Chief Chris Harrison; and Evangeline Parish Police Jury President Ryan Williams. Officials at the state level that Edwards recognized were: Kevin Reeves, with Louisiana State Police; Major General Glenn Curtis, General of the National Guard; James Waskom, who runs the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; and Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Shawn Wilson, who participated in a conference with local officials by phone prior to the press conference. (LSN photo by Elizabeth West)

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