Even with recent forecasts showing Tropical storm Karen weakening, mandatory evacuations for parts of Plaquemines Parish are still in effect as of 11:30pm Friday.
According to the Parish website the evacuation is for the entire eastbank and all communities on the westbank with no levee protection.
A mandatory 24 hour curfew is effective for the eastbank of Plaquemines Parish.
The Belle Chasse Auditorium is open as a place of shelter.
Residents are asked to bring their own provisions.
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.
To report animals in distress, call the Plaquemines Parish Animal Control Department at 504-393-0215.