St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies are looking for two men accused of looting thousands of dollars of property from three boats that had been docked near Slidell to protect them from Hurricane Isaac.
Capt. George Bonnett says a 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday on a charge of illegal possession of stolen property that he says the other men took and put on his boat.
Looting during an emergency carries a minimum penalty of three years at hard labor and a $5,000 fine, with up to 10 years and $10,000.
Debbie Elliott has spent the day driving along the Mississippi coast as people prepare for Isaac. The storm has dumped heavy rain across the area. She speaks with Audie Cornish from Gulfport, Mississippi.
McNeese State University will be closed on Wednesday.
Essential personnel in critical areas were notified Tuesday by their supervisors if they are to report to work on Wednesday. Students and all other personnel are strongly encouraged to stay off roadways.
A decision about re-opening on Thursday will be made by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Housing, Rowdy's Cafeteria and the Convenience Store will remain open for resident students.