curfews

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.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office has set a curfew for the parish. Residents must be off the streets between the hours of 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Parish officials declared the curfew hours as Hurricane Isaac neared Louisiana's shores.

St. John the Baptist Parish began a curfew at 6 p.m. this evening, according to the parish's website. All residents are advised to stay inside their homes, and all businesses have been ordered closed.

The curfew will continue until further notice.

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has imposed a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday because of Hurricane Isaac.

Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete says it applies to the city, too.

Officials say anyone found violating the curfew will be stopped and questioned, and may be arrested.

The Town of Pearl River has enacted a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, Mayor James Lavigne's office said today.

The curfew will be in effect until further notice.

Slidell police say Mayor Freddy Drennan has called a dusk-to-dawn curfew for Hurricane Isaac.

Assistant Chief Kevin Foltz says it probably will be lifted at daylight Thursday.

It won't apply to emergency workers. Foltz says the curfew is designed to keep the roads clear for emergency crews, to protect city residents and to make it easier for police to protect their property.

The Denham Springs City Council has created a dusk-to-dawn curfew to run from Tuesday through Friday as Hurricane Isaac approaches the state.

In its original form, the proposed curfew only exempted medical, public works, city, utility and emergency personnel.

However, Councilman John Wascom asked about people going to work or to help friends.

The Advocate reports the council amended the proposal to add people with legitimate business to the exemption list.