Evening News Update

Aug 29, 2012

Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are under a dusk-to-dawn curfew. St. Tammany Parish and East Baton Rouge are under curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

About 800 homes have gotten significant damage in Plaquemines Parish, from flooding of four to nine feet over 18 miles. Officials say a levee was overtopped and breached.

Grand Isle is also reportedly still under two feet of water, and Crown Point, Barataria, and Lafitte are still battling storm surge. Surge is coming in at a fast pace, according to Jefferson Parish President John Young

Palm Lake and other low-lying areas in St. Tammany are also battling storm surge being pushed in by the storm. St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister said flood waters have reached Monroe Street in Mandeville, with a depth 11 inches in some areas.

Abita Springs is struggling with sewerage and drainage as well. The city’s lift stations have lost power, and Mayor Louis Fitzmorris is asking residents to conserve water and refrain from flushing the toilet as much as possible. He’s also asked that people refrain from washing clothes and using the dishwasher..

There’s a tornado Watch until midnight for Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John. A tornado touched down in Gulfport about an hour ago

All state government offices remain closed today,  Luling I-310 bridge is closed both directions due to a cargo ship breaking loose, and the I-10 is closed westbound in Laplace and on the east side of the highrise due to water covering the roadway.

Officials continue to stress that people should continue to remain indoors and out of harm’s way. This remains a dangerous storm, and officials are saying there may be another 24 to 36 hrs of rain and tropical force winds before it’s over.