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Acadiana Evacuations ahead of Hurricane Laura

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:31:19-04

As Louisiana and Acadiana braces for Hurricane Laura, parishes may issues voluntary or mandatory evacuations based on threat.

Below KATC will list all voluntary and mandatory evacuations as they come in. This will be updated.

Lafayette Parish
Lafayette Consolidated Government says residents south of I-10 should consider evacuating by Tuesday afternoon. LCG says it "strongly encourages" people living south of U. S. 90 to evacuate by Tuesday afternoon.

Acadia Parish

Church Point Police are asking residents who usually flood to evacuate. To read what Police Chief Dale Thibodeaux has to say, click here.

Acadia Parish has issued a voluntary evacuation for parish residents south of Highway 90 in flood-prone areas. Those who live in unstable structures, including mobile homes and other structures that cannot withstand tropical or hurricane-force winds, are encouraged to evacuate immediately.

Calcasieu Parish

Mandatory evacuation for Calcasieu Parish. The order goes into place at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Cameron Parish

The Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, using weather information from all available sources regarding Laura, is now issuing a MANDATORY Order of Evacuation as of 8:00AM on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 for ALL OF CAMERON PARISH due to Laura.

Driving conditions are expected to remain favorable until mid-day on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Campers/travel trailers should also be removed from the areas of evacuation. Residents will be allowed to re-enter the evacuated areas until tropical storm force winds arrive. Once this takes place, traveling is no longer safe in these areas, no one will be allowed to enter. Laura is expected to make landfall as a Major Hurricane. High winds, heavy rain, high water, downed trees, and power outages are to be expected with this system. Residents are advised to monitor their local radio and television stations, NOAA weather radio and social media for broadcast concerning a tropical storm threat or future development for Cameron Parish. For information concerning Cameron Parish please call us at 337- 605-0531, or 337-775-5718, 337-775-7048 Stay alert, stay safe.

Evangeline Parish

A Voluntary Evacuation has been ordered at 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 26, residents who live in the low lying areas of Evangeline Parish that are prone to flooding or live in homes or structures that can't withstand hurricane force winds of 60 mph or more. Those residents are encouraged to seek shelter from the storm for the duration of hurricane Laura.

Iberia Parish

The Parish of Iberia has requested that residents consider voluntary evacuation if they:

  • Living in areas vulnerable to potential storm surges;
  • Who experienced flooding as a result of Hurricane Rita;
  • Without hurricane-safe housing;
  • Having special medical needs;
  • Living in low-lying areas along lakes, bayous, streams and drainage structures that have experienced flooding in the past; and/or
  • Living in a structure that has experienced flooding following heavy rain events.

BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR & CHIEF OF POLICE and for the TOWN OF DELCAMBRE, LOUISIANA (Iberia/Vermilion Parish), due to currently facing the threat of high winds, heavy rains, storm surges and flooding as a result of Hurricane Laura a MANDATORY EVACUATION has now been put into place. A CURFEW FOR THE TOWN OF DELCAMBRE IS IN EFFECT STARTING TODAY AT 8 PM UNTIL 5 AM until further notice.

Jeff Davis Parish

Jefferson Davis Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness has issued a Voluntary Evacuation order for low lying areas and residents living in mobile homes.
No shelters are set up within the parish.

St. Landry Parish

St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard has issued a Voluntary Evacuation for parish residents in flood-prone areas. Residents who live in low lying areas are encouraged to evacuate.

Residents who live in unstable structures, including mobile homes and other structures that cannot withstand tropical or hurricane-force winds, are also encouraged to evacuate immediately before Wednesday night.

St. Martin Parish

-Due to impending tropical storms Laura and Marco, and the potential for flooding, Parish President Chester Cedars has requested a voluntary evacuation for residents in the Stephensville/Belle River area of lower St. Martin Parish. The voluntary evacuation is necessary to afford any and all residents ample opportunity to evacuate the area because of the potential for high water conditions.

For anyone needing further information or assistance, please contact the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by calling (337) 394-2808.

St. Mary Parish

UPDATE: Parish President David Hanagriff has issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 26 for areas South of Intracoastal Waterway including Ashton, Freetown Rd, Glencoe, Louisa, South of Hwy 83 at Cypremort Road, and residents along Kelly Canal

Hanagriff says that if you had water for Barry / Rita or near waterway a Voluntary Evacuation is ordered.

Vermilion Parish

Mandatory evacuation for the following areas in Vermilion Parish: Pecan Island, Intracoastal City, Esther, Forked Island and Mouton Cove, along with the following areas south of Hwy 14; South Erath, South Delcambre, and South Gueydan.

The TOWN OF DELCAMBRE (Iberia/Vermilion Parish), due to currently facing the threat of high winds, heavy rains, storm surges and flooding as a result of Hurricane Laura a MANDATORY EVACUATION has now been put into place. a curfew for the town is in effect starting Wednesday, at 8:00 pm until 5:00 am until further notice.

The Town of Gueydan is recommending that all residents consider voluntarily evacuating especially those living in areas vulnerable to potential storm surges, who have special needs, live in low-lying areas along the canal and drainage structures that have experienced flooding in the past; and/or living in a structure that has experienced flooding following heavy rain events.

Residents are to check their emergency supplies, create a protective plan of action for the families and pets and continue to monitor Vermilion Parish PINS (Parish Information Notification System) and local news media for future weather updates. Those residents that wish to evacuate should begin that process immediately. Residents who choose to remain behind may find themselves without power and unable to leave the area due to possible floodwaters and storm debris.

Anyone staying in their home (not evacuating), please call City Hall or send a message on our Facebook page messenger of your address and how many are in your home. This will assist the Town in providing assistance to those in need once clear of the storm.

Kaplan - The Mayor of Kaplan is strongly encouraging residents to make the necessary arrangements now and evacuate. Because of COVID-19, they do not expect FEMA or the Red Cross or any other support organization to be in town immediately after the storm.

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Outside of Acadiana, there are mandatory evacuation for the East and West bank Plaquemines Parish, Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish as well as locations there outside of the levee systems.

Evacuation routes can be found on 511la.org

For local hurricane coverage, click here.

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