List of evacuation orders in Louisiana

Hurricane Laura threatens coastal communities

By: - August 25, 2020 3:15 pm

Hurricane Laura has prompted mandatory and voluntary evacuations for the following towns and parishes in Louisiana as of Wednesday afternoon:

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Calcasieu Parish
  • Cameron Parish
  • Jefferson Parish communities of Grand Isle, Jean Lafitte, Lower Lafitte, Crown Point, and Barataria
  • Lafourche Parish communities south of the Leon Theriot Flood Gate
  • Terrebonne Parish areas south of Morganza levee system
Voluntary Evacuations

  • Acadia Parish
  • Bauregard Parish (low-lying areas and mobile home residents)
  • Iberia Parish
  • Jeff Davis Parish
  • Lafayette Parish
  • St. Martin Parish (lower)
  • St. Mary Parish
  • Tangipahoa Parish (low-lying areas south of La. 22)
  • Vermillion Parish
  • Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine, and Irish Bayou

Laura emerged in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Laura was in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico traveling toward the southwestern Louisiana coast at about 17 mph. The storm emerged as a Category 3 overnight and is expected to strike Cameron Parish early Thursday as a Category 4 with sustained winds of 145 mph and gusts of 170 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for the stretch of coast from San Luis Pass, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana in Vermillion Parish. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Intracoastal City to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.