The New Orleans Public Library is announcing the temporary closure of all library locations in Orleans Parish due to Tropical Storm Isaac.
At this time, all locations — Main Library, Algiers Regional Branch, Alvar Branch, Central City Branch, Children's Resource Center, East New Orleans Branch, Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch, Rosa F. Keller Branch, Martin Luther King Branch, Milton H. Latter Branch, Norman Mayer Branch, Mid-City Branch, Nix Branch and Robert E. Smith Branch — will be closed Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28.
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.
Florida has so far been spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac. Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana cannot be so sure. If the storm stays on its current course, it threatens to hit Louisiana seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina arrived in New Orleans. NPR's Greg Allen is tracking the storm. He's on the line from Florida this morning.
Greg, good morning.
GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Morning, Steve.
INSKEEP: How much damage was there from Isaac in Florida?
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.
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.
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.)