disaster preparedness

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

DOTD suspends toll collections on La. 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at LA 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection (CCC) US 90B in New Orleans to facilitate evacuation, emergency and protective services, the department said in a press release Sunday.

The toll suspension is in response to the declared state of emergency caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, the agency said. DOTD will notify the traveling public when tolls resume.

Tropical Storm Isaac
4:03 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Orleans Braces for Tropical Storm Isaac

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the state of the city's preparation at a City Hall news conference Sunday afternoon.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of the Mayor

The City of New Orleans is bracing for the arrival of what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaac, expected to make landfall near the city. Officials say the city is protected by a new and improved levee system.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
10:32 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

More Louisiana evacuations include all of St. Charles Parish

National Hurricane Center

St. Charles Parish officials have ordered evacuation for all 53,000 residents as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moves west.

Parish spokeswoman Renee Simpson says the order was made Sunday evening because conditions are expected to worsen. It's the largest evacuation so far in southeast Louisiana, where 15 parishes are under a hurricane warning.

Administration Commissioner Paul Rainwater says state offices in all 15 affected parishes will be closed Monday.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
10:10 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Mandatory evacuation ordered for east bank of Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the east bank of the parish, in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Additionally, there will be a voluntary evacuation for the south end of Plaquemines Parish, from Ironton to Venice. Belle Chasse Auditorium will be opened at noon on Monday as an emergency shelter.

All Plaquemines Parish schools have been closed until further notice.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:47 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

St. Charles Parish announces mandatory evacuation

The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center has called a mandatory evacuation for both East and West Bank residents as of 6 p.m. Aug. 26 due to the threat of dangerous storm surge and winds from Tropical Storm Isaac. (For a list of recommended evacuation routes, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane.)

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:37 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Entergy preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac

Entergy’s utility companies in Louisiana are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and are preparing for its potential impact on the City of New Orleans and the state.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:58 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Jefferson Parish declares State of Emergency

Jefferson Parish has declared a State of Emergency in advance of the effect of Tropical Storm Isaac, the parish said in a press release.

Parish President John Young signed the emergency declaration earlier this afternoon, and the parish's Emergency Management office will be closely monitoring the storm, the parish said.

All pump stations requiring manning will be fully staffed for the duration of the storm and its aftermath.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:57 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Fair Grounds declares mandatory evacuation of barns; weekend racing cancelled

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The evacuation applies to about 700 horses currently stabled at Fair Grounds, as well as all workers.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:24 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

St .Charles Parish declares state of emergency

St. Charles Parish has declared a state of emergency due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. signed the order at 10:15 a.m., according to a press release from the parish, in advance of expected 105 mph winds, higher gusts, and storm surges between six and eight feet beginning Monday night and into Tuesday.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
3:31 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities

National Hurricane Center

Note: The time of the tropical cyclone's center location at the bottom of the graphic will be 3 hours earlier than the time of the current advisory. The forecast cycle for each advisory begins 3 hours prior to the issuance of the advisory products.

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