Emergency called in three suburban New Orleans parishes

Aug 26, 2012

Plaquemines Parish crews hustled to the levees that protect the low-lying New Orleans suburb and St. Charles Parish closed schools through Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moved west.

It's expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall somewhere from east of Morgan City to the Florida Panhandle.

Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes all have declared a state of emergency. St. Charles Parish is stocking all sandbag locations; people will need to bring their own shovels to fill bags.

The captain of the port of Morgan City warned that gale-force winds are expected within 72 hours.

The New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Track ordered evacuation about 700 horses from its stables.