The state of Louisiana is urging any resident who is under an evacuation order in Tangipahoa Parish to call the state’s 2-1-1 phone hotline to find out the latest information regarding sheltering and evacuations. The state is coordinating evacuations to state-run shelters in north Louisiana.
The state anticipates that between 40,000 – 60,000 people may ultimately be impacted by flooding if the Lake Tangipahoa dam in Pike County, MS, fails. The Tangipahoa Parish president has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents on one mile of either side of the Tangipahoa River.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the creation of their Hurricane Isaac Fund, set up to support area nonprofits in their efforts to provide relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm.
Grants from the fund will go to support nonprofits in providing care for people with emergency needs, and longer-term projects such as housing, schools and future disaster resiliency, the Foundation said in a news release on its website.
The president of St. Tammany Parish is urging residents to stay at home and off the roads while authorities continue rescue operations and begin damage assessment from Tropical Storm Isaac.
Pat Brister said Thursday responders have already competed 350 rescues throughout the parish. Bayou Bonfouca overflowed overnight and is flooding parts of the City of Slidell. There's no word on when the waters will begin to subside and an additional 3-6 inches of rainfall is expected as the remnants of Isaac pass through.
The Louisiana National Guard pre-staged about 680 troops and assets across the New Orleans metropolitan area in order to better protect the community and its citizens as Hurricane Isaac churned across the Gulf Coast.
The slow-moving storm produced a tide surge of almost 11 feet above normal tide levels at Shell Beach, just south of New Orleans, as it moved ashore Wednesday and weakened to 70 mph winds.