hurricane season

St. John to offer sandbags today at 10 a.m.

Aug 27, 2012

Sandbag locations in St. John the Baptist Parish will open Monday at 10:00 a.m., the parish announced in a press release.

Sand and bags will be available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station #53 at 1703 St. Andrews Blvd. in LaPlace
  • Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643 in Pleasure Bend
  • Fire Station #65 located at 337 Central Avenue in Reserve
  • Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St. in Garyville
  • Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Highway 18 in Edgard

Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.

St. Tammany Parish sandbag stations

Aug 27, 2012

St. Tammany Parish will open five sandbag stations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 27 at the following locations:

  • Covington Barn, 1305 N. Florida St., Covington
  • Keller Barn, 63131 Fish Hatchery Rd., Lacombe
  • Koop Drive, 21411 Koop Drive, Mandeville (under Tammany Trace water tower)
  • Airport Road Barn, 34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell
  • Fritchie Barn, 63119 Hwy 1090, Pearl River

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?

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.

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.

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.

St. Charles Parish announces mandatory evacuation

Aug 26, 2012

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

Jefferson Parish is reminding all Jefferson Parish businesses to review or renew their re‐entry placard inventory, to ensure their staff can return as quickly as possible following an evacuation.