Plaquemines Parish

Tropical Storm Barry Forms In Gulf, Could Become Hurricane

Jul 11, 2019
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Tropical Storm Barry formed off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday and threatened to blow ashore as a hurricane with drenching rains that could test the flood-control improvements made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago.

Forecasters said the first hurricane of the Atlantic season could hit the state's swampy southern tip on Friday, with the biggest danger posed not by the wind but by downpours that could go on for hours.

West Ouachita Senior Center

The City of West Monroe, American Red Cross and the Ouachita Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are coordinating with the Plaquemines Parish Government to house evacuees in West Monroe.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Plaquemines Parish residents due to severe weather and flooding predicted for that portion of south Louisiana.

Louisiana will borrow $185 million in April to finance highly sought roadwork ranging from widening of Interstate 10 in the capital city to a new Interstate 20 access for Barksdale Air Force Base.

The Bond Commission quickly agreed to the plans Thursday. Louisiana will sell bonds to investors for upfront cash, paying the debt off over 15 years with federal highway dollars the state receives. Four projects totaling an estimated $650 million to complete will share in the money.

Two people are missing after a boat capsized in the lower Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard says it received a report about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday of a capsized 32-foot (9.75 meter) vessel near Bootheville, Louisiana. WDSU-TV reports the vessel was lifting a smaller boat with five people on board when a line popped. Three of the people were rescued.

Two people — Katelyn Carlisle and Rueben Arellano — remain unaccounted for. The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office is assisting in the search. Crews are using boats and helicopters in an effort to find them.

Fire has killed two children and burned four people who tried to rescue them from a mobile home in a New Orleans suburb.

News agencies report that the Plaquemines Parish coroner's office identified the children Monday as 9-year-old Madison Branton and her 7-year-old brother, Jordan Beckham.

The Louisiana state fire marshal's office says their bodies were found in the burned-out mobile home where two dogs also died late Sunday.

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Today marks the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s destructive landfall in Plaquemines Parish. State Climatolgist Barry Keim says Katrina had a storm surge of 28 feet, the biggest surge ever measured in the western hemisphere. Meanwhile, Keim says Harvey will be known for its torrential rains and flooding.

Kathleeen Blanco was the governor of Louisiana at the time. Blanco says the days after Katrina were very difficult, but she’ll be ever grateful to those who assisted Louisiana.