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Curfew, evacuations in Plaquemines Parish

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 04, 2013 Oct 4, 2013 Friday, October 04 2013 October 04, 2013 5:43 PM in News
Source: Plaquemines Parish

BELLE CHASSE - Authorities in Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory 24-hour curfew Friday night for the eastbank of the parish.

Parish officials issued a mandatory evacuation order earlier in the day for the eastbank. A voluntary evacuation is being called for the westbank of the parish from Ironton to Venice.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser issued the evacuation orders today, after declaring a state of emergency yesterday in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen.

The Belle Chasse Auditorium opened at 6:00 p.m. Friday as a shelter for residents, who were asked to bring their own supplies.

If residents need help evacuating they should call the Plaquemines Parish Emergency Operations Center at 504-297-5670.

"We are fully prepared for a potential heavy rain event. All pump stations are operational and we have crews on stand-by," said President Nungesser.

Here are other important numbers and announcements for the storm:

-To report animals in distress, call the Plaquemines Parish Animal Control Department at 504-393-0215.

-The Empire Drawbridge will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013.

-Ferry Service at the Belle Chasse/Scarsdale and the Pointe-a-la-Hache locations will continue to operate on normal schedule unless wind speeds become greater than 50 mph.

-At this point in time, the Army Corps of Engineers does not expect the Highway 23 Floodgate at Oakville or the Highway 39 Floodgate at the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish line to be closed.

-All Plaquemines Parish Recreation Department games are cancelled for this weekend.

-Entergy customers can call 1-800-9outage to report downed power lines.

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