Lafourche Parish declares state of emergency ahead of TS Karen

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(from Lafourche Parish Government) – Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph declared a State Of Emergency as of 11am today, Friday, October 4.

The National Weather Service has reported that Lafourche Parish could experience tropical storm force winds from 25 to 60mph.  Rainfall could potentially reach between 3 to 4 inches in the next 48 hours.

Lafourche Parish will issue a MANDATORY EVACUATION at 2pm for south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow including Port Fourchon.  The Raceland Recreation Center will open at 5pm today as a Refuge of Last Resort for those from the mandatory evacuation area as well as residents living in areas subject to flooding and those who are in vulnerable buildings.

Residents evacuating to the Raceland Recreation Center, 241 Recreation Drive in Raceland, should bring typical shelter provisions such as bedding, bottled water, and ready-to-eat foods and snacks. Residents should also remember to bring identification and other important documents, medications, a first aid kit, and personal toiletry items.

The Department Of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has indicated that the tolls on the Leeville Overpass will be lifted later today. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring highways for traffic and potential flooding.

Residents are reminded to respect all road closures and police barricades.  Please be extremely cautious in the use of generators. Weather updates can be found on the parish website and Facebook pages.