BELLE CHASSE — Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser declared a state of emergency early Sunday morning due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, the parish said in a press release.
Parish officials say they are working with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other local leaders to prepare for the storm.
On the eastbank, parish officials are lining newly raised levees with visqueen to ensure that areas with exposed dirt are protected. On the westbank, additional Hesco baskets are being added to close gaps in low lying area of Hwy 23. Also, sandbags are being added to levees which are part of the hurricane protection system in Pointe-a-la-Hache.
Later today officials will meet with the Corps of Engineers to discuss plans for the barges currently pumping water into intakes in Port Sulphur and Pointe-a-la-Hache.
Plaquemines officials are urging residents to put an emergency plan into place and to stay tuned to local news stations for the latest updates. Also, Plaquemines residents can go to www.plaqueminesparish.com or www.facebook.com/plaqueminesgovernment for updates. Those who need transportation assistance, if the need to evacuate arises, should call 504-274-2470 to pre-register.