Jul 22, 2010 6:15 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he has declared a
state of emergency as a tropical depression moves toward the Gulf
of Mexico and threatens to strike the Louisiana coast on Sunday.
Jindal said Thursday that some parishes were preparing similar
declarations. He says he expects local leaders in coastal parishes
to call for evacuation of low-lying areas outside of levee
protection systems as early as Friday morning.
Jindal says residents should prepare for the arrival of a
minimal-strength hurricane although the National Hurricane Center
so far does not expect the system to exceed tropical storm
strength, or winds of 73 miles per hour.
He says state and local officials and the Coast Guard would work
to quickly clean up areas if storm surge washes oil inland from the
BP spill in the Gulf.