Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:09 am
As thousands of residents of the Gulf Coast begin to emerge from the flood waters left behind by Hurricane Isaac, authorities in Louisiana reported two bodies were found Thursday in the ravished Plaquemines Parish.
Tulane University will be closed Friday, Aug. 31. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Certain essential personnel will be required to work and others may be contacted by their supervisors to report to work. If employees are unclear about whether they should report, they are advised to contact their supervisor.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced that all state routes in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes have been cleared of debris and reopened.
DOTD crews will continue to work diligently to clear and reopen roadways in other parishes impacted by the storm.
“I would like to commend our staff at DOTD for their hard work and dedication in clearing these roads so quickly after the storm,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. “It took a big effort from everyone on our team to make this possible.”
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has developed a list of priority routes which they will strive to quickly and safely reopen in order to facilitate evacuation efforts in Tangipahoa Parish.
DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen area roadways closed during the storm. The routes that crews will be working to reopen first in Tangipahoa Parish include I-55, I-12, U.S. 51, U.S. 190 and La. 16.
The state of Louisiana is urging any resident who is under an evacuation order in Tangipahoa Parish to call the state’s 2-1-1 phone hotline to find out the latest information regarding sheltering and evacuations. The state is coordinating evacuations to state-run shelters in north Louisiana.
The state anticipates that between 40,000 – 60,000 people may ultimately be impacted by flooding if the Lake Tangipahoa dam in Pike County, MS, fails. The Tangipahoa Parish president has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents on one mile of either side of the Tangipahoa River.