Lafourche Parish has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Karen, and has issued a mandatory evacuation order for areas of the parish south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow.
The mandatory evacuation order includes Port Fourchon, and begins at 2 p.m.
The parish is bracing for the arrival of Karen, which could bring tropical storm-force winds between 25 to 60 mph, and dump up to 3 to 4 inches of rain, over the next 48 hours.
It could prove more difficult to get and use fireworks in Lafourche Parish.
The Parish Council recently upped fees vendors must pay to sell fireworks, set new rules for where stands can be located and is promising to enforce existing restrictions more vigorously than in the past.
Councilman Jerry Lafont is leading the campaign, complaining that fireworks stand owners are primarily out-of-state residents who unfairly take advantage of Lafourche residents while contributing little to the tax base.
A pharmacy worker and her husband face charges after they were found with more than 300 pills, marijuana and methamphetamine.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says narcotics agents arrested 41-year-old Tiffany Pitre Dufrene and her husband, 40-year-old Darren Dufrene, both of Raceland, on Friday.
Both were booked with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, hydrocodone, and other drugs. Tiffany Dufrene also was booked with six counts of unlawfully prescribing, distributing, dispensing or assisting in the illegal obtaining of a controlled substance.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a home burglary in Thibodaux.
Webre said Tuesday that the burglary was reported Jan. 8. The victims returned home that day around 4 p.m. to find a broken window and several items missing from the home, including several firearms, jewelry and gold coins.
Investigators believe the crime likely occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 8.
A Lafourche Parish couple spent the first week of their marriage free, but could spend the next nine years in separate prison cells as they serve time for cocaine distribution.
The Courier reports 30-year-old Tanna Hawkins and 28-year-old Tara Robinson Hawkins were married the first week of January, something they did knowing their individual guilty pleas would result in the prison sentences.
Lafourche Parish Councilman Jerry Lafont wants a can in every driveway.
Specifically, Lafont is proposing the parish purchase standardized garbage cans for Lafourche residents to simplify the trash-collection process.
The proposal was put in the form of a resolution at this week's Parish Council meeting. The resolution asks Parish President Charlotte Randolph to appropriate $500,000 to purchase standardized cans for parish residents living outside Thibodaux, which has its own trash-collection contract.
The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion.
The plan released Friday includes 36 additional miles of levee, extending the Morganza project from U.S. 90 in Gibson to Louisiana Highway 1 in Lockport.
The corps plans a meeting about it Jan. 31 at the Houma Municipal Auditorium.