evacuations

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Washington Parish to open emergency shelters in advance of Isaac

Washington Parish President Richard Thomas has asked the Red Cross to assist in opening shelters in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac's landfall, the parish said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Shelters will open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the parish said, and remain open until the inclement weather subsides.

The shelters are safe havens only, the parish said, and do not have backup electricity. Residents are urged to bring necessities such as bedding, toiletries and medications with them.

Shelters are located at:

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:52 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Airport to cease operation at end of day

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will cease operation at the end of today, and remain closed until at least Wednesday, officials said in a press release.

No flights are scheduled for Tuesday, August 28.

Airport officials also reiterated that the facility is not an evacuation shelter, and people will not be permitted to remain in the terminal during the storm. Parking garages are also restricted to ticketed passengers only, and travelers should be prepared to show a printed boarding pass or itinerary in order to enter Airport property.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:33 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Southern University campuses shut down for Isaac

The Southern University System is shutting down campuses in advance of the storm.

The system announced that Southern University-New Orleans has canceled all remaining classes Monday and will remain shuttered through Wednesday. SUNO is evacuating 90 students living in residential facilities to the system's Baton Rouge campus.

Meanwhile, the Baton Rouge campus won't hold classes Tuesday and Wednesday, the system announced.

Tropical Storm Isaac
6:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Parts of Tangipahoa asked to evacuate

Tangipahoa Parish officials are asking residents living south of Louisiana Highway 22 to voluntarily evacuate to higher ground because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Parish President Gordon Burgess said the area is in south Tangipahoa, including the Manchac community where Lake Maurepas empties into Lake Pontchartrain.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:53 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Nearly half of OPP inmates are shipped out or released

The Tents, part of the Orleans Parish Prison complex, have been emptied as Isaac approaches.
Tom Gogola The Lens

As Tropical Storm Isaac churns up the Gulf of Mexico, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said today that he shipped nearly half the prisoners held at Orleans Parish Prison to state facilities around Louisiana.

In a statement, Gusman said he had moved 1,037 prisoners overnight from FEMA-built jails built in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has completely emptied two jails: the Temporary Jail and the Temporary Detention Center, more commonly known as the “Tents.”

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Tropical Storm Isaac
2:48 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

St. Charles Parish Deadline for Assisted Evacuation is 3:30 p.m.

St. Charles Parish remains under a mandatory evacuation due to the potential for dangerous storm surge, winds and flooding rainfall from Isaac. Current forecasts have the storm making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Through the duration of the storm the parish expects the potential for widespread power outages for an extended duration, as well as a loss of emergency and parish services. This also includes the potential loss of all sewer and water services.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
11:38 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Checklist of emergency supplies

The following checklist of emergency supplies is provided by the Louisiana's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness online at www.GetAGamePlan.org.

Put together an emergency kit

Be sure to include these items:

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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
5:32 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Grand Isle evacuating; hurricane warning in SE Louisiana

National Hurricane Center

Evacuation has begun on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moves west, and was ordered Monday for about 2,000 Plaquemines Parish residents.

Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency, suggesting people leave low-lying parts of 15 coastal parishes where the National Weather Service called a hurricane warning. He says that if Isaac remains a threat to Louisiana, he may skip the Republican National Convention.

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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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