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September 12, 2020 3:33 PM

Hurricane Sally

Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness EOC is currently monitoring Hurricane Sally, which has entered the Gulf of Mexico.

Plaquemines Parish Residents should be prepared as well. Make sure your emergency kits are stocked and secure/pick up loose items around your homes.

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Latest Update:

September 16, 2020 4:36 PM

Plaquemines Parish Government· Wednesday, September 16

As we reflect on Tropical Event Sally we would like to say thank you to all the hard-working people who helped get us throughout the last 5 days.

From Plaquemines Parish Government’s employees to all of our partner agencies, we got it done and kept everyone safe. As always, we will continue to keep you updated with any weather-related issues.
Thank you for staying informed with us through this weather event.

Please keep praying for our neighbors to the East as they begin to recover from the worst of Sally's path!

Parish Update:
Parish President Kirk Lepine announced Tuesday that Plaquemines Parish Government closed the Emergency Operations Center at 4 PM, September 15th and will resume normal business operations effective, Wednesday, September 16th.

Highway 39 and LA Highway 23: Floodgates Open

All Evacuation Orders for Tropical Event Sally have been lifted.

All Schools throughout Plaquemines Parish will be open, Thursday, September 17th

Prior Updates

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September 14, 2020 6:07 PM

Plaquemines Parish Government·Monday, September 14,

Tropical Storm Update
Changes from previous update:
· Sally is now a Category 2 Hurricane
· It is expected to remain at category 2 intensity through landfall.
· Impacts are shifting more towards MS impacts and fewer impacts for SE LA
Hurricane Sally is forecast to move generally west-northwestward through today and slow down as it approaches the mouth of the MS River, then slowly turn more northerly early Tuesday. Where Sally eventually slows and turns north will be a big factor in impacts for the region.
Key Messages
· Plaquemines Parish Evacuation Shelter at the Plaquemines Parish Government Pavilion open
· Mandatory Evacuation will be ordered for the following areas: the entire East Bank of Plaquemines Parish and Mandatory Evacuation will be ordered for the West Bank of Plaquemines Parish from Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery to Venice.
· Voluntary Evacuation from the community of Oakville to Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery
· In coordination with the Plaquemines Parish Government, Sheriff Gerald A. Turlich, Jr. announces a nightly curfew will go into effect as of today, September 14, 2020, from sunset until sunrise in the areas under a mandatory evacuation in anticipation of Tropical Storm Sally.
· This curfew will remain in effect until the mandatory evacuation has been lifted.
· Residents can fill their sandbags at the following locations:
o Plaquemines Parish Government Complex, PROWM Building
o Port Sulphur YMCA
o Buras YMCA
o Across from Boothville Venice Elementary
o Davant Community Center
o Braithwaite Auditorium
· 9-1-1 is for life-threatening emergencies only
Road Closures:
Hwy 23 Oakville Floodgate at Capt. Larry’s
Be advised the Hwy 23 Northbound Gate @ Capt. Larry’s in Oakville will be closed instead of the Hwy 23 Southbound Gate after consultation with State and Federal partners.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office will be running two traffic in the southbound lanes.
Please use caution when traveling through this area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Highway 39 Floodgate
Highway 39 Floodgate near the Plaquemines/St. Bernard Parish line: The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East closed the Hwy 39 Floodgate in Braithwaite at 10 AM on Monday, September 14, 2020.
Empire Swing-Bridge
Empire Swing-Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, the alternate route is the Empire High-rise Bridge (Hwy 23).
Belle Chasse/Scarsdale Ferry Traffic Notification:

The ferry located in the Belle Chasse/Scarsdale area will not go into service tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15th.
The ferry will operate as normal tonight- weather permitting.

Tomorrow's Ferry Operation will depend on weather conditions.

September 13, 2020 6:40 PM

Update on Closures:

Due to the decrease of forward speed of Tropical Storm Sally, the HWY 23 Southbound Gate at Capt. Larry’s closure will be delayed until 8 AM, Monday, September 14th.

Highway 39 Floodgate near the Plaquemines/St. Bernard Parish line:
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East with close the Hwy 39 Floodgate in Braithwaite at 10AM on Monday, September 14, 2020.

PPSO will conduct roadblocks at this location to monitor vehicular traffic entering and departing the parish.

Empire Swingbridge will close at 6:00 PM to vehicle traffic, the alternate route is the Empire Highrise Bridge (Hwy 23).

Marine Traffic Notification:
The Empire Floodgate is currently closed due to high tide.
NOV 14 Empire Floodgate is also closed.