Evacuation underway in Plaquemines Parish

More than 8,000 people in Plaquemines Parish are now under mandatory evacuation amid fears water in the Mississippi River could overtop the levees.

Homeland Security Director Patrick Harvey says everyone needs to leave the entire Eastbank of Plaquemines Parish and everything from Oakville to Venice.  

"Working with our federal and state partners we received information that there is possible overtopping of the river levee."

That, combined with storm surge from the Gulf sets up a potentially dangerous situation.

He says for now they are keeping the floodgate open on Highway 23 in Oakville, but they will shut it at some point.

"It will be sometime Friday afternoon, Friday evening. That will probably be the last gate that we will close here in the parish."

Here is the news release from Plaquemines Parish:

Plaquemines Parish, LA- Due to a potential impact of Tropical Storm Barry, State of Emergency has been issued for Plaquemines Parish.

Plaquemines Parish Kirk Lepine on behalf of the parish council and residents issued the declaration effective at 1 PM, July 10, 2019.

“Plaquemines Parish Government has taken all precautions in preparing for Tropical Storm Barry” explained Lepine. “Additional rainfall, high winds, and storm surge are expected.”

Voluntary evacuation starting at 4 PM today for the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish, Oakville (Floodgate) south to Venice.

Mandatory evacuation starting 6 AM, Thursday, July 11, 2019, for the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish, Oakville (Floodgate) south to Venice.

Evacuations have been issued out of precaution of historically high Mississippi River.

Lepine warns all residents to be mindful and monitor Plaquemines Parish Government, Office of Homeland Security, and Sheriff’s Office official social media platforms.

Please monitor local news stations for any new developments.


All participating evacuees will be picked up at the satellite sites and transported to the Parish Pickup Point, off loaded from the buses and registered into the evacuation process. Evacuees will then be loaded onto different buses for transfer to a shelter. Pre-Registration for transportation assistance is available and recommended. To pre-register with us call 504-934-6940 or 504-274-2470 and leave your name, address, quantity of pets, if any (only dogs & cats) and your contact information for follow-up. 

Southern End of the Parish Pick-Up locations are:

Boothville Elementary School
Buras Fire Department
Plaquemines Parish Government Building
East Bank Parish Pick-Up Location:
Phoenix High School

Solid Waste:

Limited Pick-up 
Please secure all Trash


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