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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:22 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

DOTD announces priority routes for Tangipahoa Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has developed a list of priority routes which they will strive to quickly and safely reopen in order to facilitate evacuation efforts in Tangipahoa Parish.

DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen area roadways closed during the storm. The routes that crews will be working to reopen first in Tangipahoa Parish include I-55, I-12, U.S. 51, U.S. 190 and La. 16.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:10 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Tangipahoa Residents Advised to Call 2-1-1 for Latest Sheltering and Evacuation Information

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.

Tropical Storm Isaac
4:01 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New Orleans lifts curfew

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew proclaimed as Tropical Storm Isaac approached the city.

City officials said the Police Department will maintain a strong presence on the streets Thursday night and into Friday.

Crews were working to clear debris from streets and repair traffic signals.

Tropical Storm Isaac
3:57 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Controlled release started at. Miss. dam

Louisiana officials say a controlled release of water has begun, reducing the threat at an endangered dam at a southwest Mississippi state park.

Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says Louisiana received notice of the start shortly before 2:30 p.m.

A lake swollen by rain from Tropical Storm Isaac was threatening to break the 2,300-foot-long earthen dam at Percy Quin State Park.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
3:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Traffic flowing on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has reopened after being closed for Tropical Storm Isaac.

The 24-mile-long bridge connects St. Tammany Parish on the lake's north shore with Jefferson Parish to the south.

Tropical Storm Isaac
3:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Road conditions map

The latest road conditions from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

 

Tropical Storm Isaac
3:04 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Greater New Orleans Foundation launches Hurricane Isaac Fund

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.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:43 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

St. Tammany parish prepares for floods

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.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

About half of Louisiana without power as Isaac moves inland

About half of Louisiana is without power as Tropical Storm Isaac moves inland.

The Public Service Commission says 903,000 homes and businesses around the state — about 47 percent of all customers — are without power.

Entergy says that included about 686,000 of its customers. Another 87,000 were customers of Cleco Corp.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Louisiana orders evacuation after Miss. dam threatened

Louisiana officials have ordered evacuation of low-lying areas along the Tangipahoa River because a dam at a state park lake in southwest Mississippi is in danger of failing.

Officials in Tangipahoa Parish, La., fear the water it would pour into the already swollen river would flood low-lying areas downstream from the park.

But Mississippi officials say they don't believe the volume of water in the 700-acre lake at Percy Quin State Park near McComb, Miss., would add enough flow to threaten communities downstream.

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