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Hurricane Isaac
1:52 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac: Lafayette Parish emergency declaration

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel has signed an emergency declaration for Lafayette Parish, and non-essential government workers have civil leave Wednesday.

The parish is under a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning as Hurricane Isaac approaches the northern Gulf Coast. In Lafayette Parish, winds were expected to gust up to 30 or 40 miles an hour starting late Tuesday afternoon, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph expected for most of Wednesday.

Officials say Lafayette residents should drive only when necessary after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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
3:38 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Emergency called in three suburban New Orleans parishes

Plaquemines Parish crews hustled to the levees that protect the low-lying New Orleans suburb and St. Charles Parish closed schools through Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moved west.

It's expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall somewhere from east of Morgan City to the Florida Panhandle.

Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes all have declared a state of emergency. St. Charles Parish is stocking all sandbag locations; people will need to bring their own shovels to fill bags.