Posted: Sep 2, 2011 10:25 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 2, 2011 12:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today that southeast Louisiana needed to prepare for heavy wind and rain possibly through Tuesday as a tropical depression moves in on the Gulf coast.
Last night Jindal issued an emergency declaration for the storm that formed in the Gulf. That allows the state to release money that can pay for preparation measures and supplies.
Today Jindal said ten other parishes have also declared states of emergency, and 11 parishes had sandbagging efforts currently going on.
He said officials in Grand Isle ordered a voluntary evacuation effective as of noon today for residents, and people in coastal and low-lying areas should be prepared for similar orders.
The slow-moving storm is forecast to drop 10 to 15 inches of rain for much of southeast Louisiana and could drop up to 20 inches in some areas.
"No matter what it's called, a tropical storm or tropical depression, people need to be prepared for lots of rain and strong winds," Jindal said. "That means possible power outages and flash flood warnings for more than just the coastal areas."
For the latest on the storm preparation and forecast information, go to the Weather section of our website.