New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to lash the city.
At a news conference Wednesday, Landrieu issued the curfew as the city deals with downed power lines and tree limbs and other debris littering the streets, as well as some flooding from heavy rain and whipping wind..
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says at least nine people were booked on looting-related charges, but described the incidents as relatively "few." He says authorities are not "seeing a lot of people on the streets and we appreciate that."
East Baton Rouge Parish residents should brace themselves for a combination of tropical storm and hurricane force winds linked to Isaac.
Officials at Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden's office say the National Weather Service also expects the capital city to experience heavy rain and possible tornadoes that will likely last until late Wednesday night.
Lafayette Parish officials say a curfew has been put in place in anticipation of the tropical storm winds and heavy rain Hurricane Isaac is expected to bring to the area.
The Daily Advertiser reports a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in effect for the entire parish. City-Parish President Joey Durel said they expect the storm to drench the parish with up to 10 inches of rain and whip through with wind gusts up to 75 mph.
Rescue workers transport residents trapped by rising water from Hurricane Isaac in the River Forest subdivision on Wednesday in LaPlace, Louisiana. The large Level 1 hurricane slowly moved across southeast Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and knocking out power across the Gulf Coast.
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An uprooted tree lies across Poydras Street in downtown New Orleans. Isaac packed 80-mph winds, making it a Category 1 hurricane.
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Sand bags block the entrance to a Wells Fargo bank in Mobile, Ala.
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Residents who were rescued from their flooded homes are transported to waiting assistance, after Hurricane Isaac made landfall and flooded homes with 10 feet of water in Braithwaite, La. Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon.
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A street sign is turned upside down and bricks cover the sidewalk of a deserted street in New Orleans.
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Research students from the the University of Alabama measure wind speeds as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall Tuesday in New Orleans.
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First responders carry people across the top of the levee from Plaquemines Parish to St. Bernard Parish as Hurricane Isaac sends powerful winds and rain through the area.
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Waves from Hurricane Isaac batter a pier in Gulfport, Miss.
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Rescue workers transport residents trapped by rising water from Hurricane Isaac in the River Forest subdivision on Wednesday in LaPlace, Louisiana. The large Level 1 hurricane slowly moved across southeast La., dumping huge amounts of rain and knocking out power across the Gulf Coast.
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This satellite image shows Hurricane Isaac over the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf states Wednesday. Rising waters spilled over a levee south of New Orleans and inundated a residential area that had been ordered evacuated.
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A storm surge causes tides to quickly rise while rough waves pound the concrete seawall along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Hurricane Isaac made landfall along the Gulf Coast and now threatens New Orleans.
With Tropical Storm Isaac still over much of southeast Louisiana, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has ordered a dusk to dawn curfew for all Jefferson Parish residents. Authorities previously had not implemented a curfew because of the earlier forecasts for the storm.
Normand said Wednesday that deputies patrolling the streets over the past 24 hours have encountered curious pedestrians and motorists out joyriding through flooded roadways.
Residents of unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Kenner, Gretna, Westwego, Lafitte and Harahan are covered by the curfew.
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
Authorities in Plaquemines Parish, where storm surge from Hurricane Isaac caused extensive flooding overnight, have ordered a mandatory evacuation for a portion of the west bank of the Mississippi River.
The evacuation affects people living from Venice north to the Oakville floodgate on Louisiana Highway 23.
A shelter was to open at noon in Belle Chasse.
Officials said the evacuation was ordered out of concern that more storm surge from Isaac would be pushed into the area and levees might be overtopped.