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Tangipahoa Parish leaders issue mandatory curfew, voluntary evacuation

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First responders rescue people of all ages from rising waters. (Source: WAFB) First responders rescue people of all ages from rising waters. (Source: WAFB)
TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Tangipahoa Parish leaders are instituting a mandatory curfew from 9 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the curfew is designed to give emergency responders the resources they need to do their job overnight.

"We ask that all residents shelter in place at their homes and stay off the roadways tonight until after daylight tomorrow," Miller said.

In addition to the curfew, Miller is asking for a voluntary evacuation for residents and businesses along the Tangipahoa River parish wide. National Weather Service forecasts indicate the river is expected to crest above flood level in all areas of the parish, with the most extreme flooding expected in the Robert area and southward. 

"We encourage those who live along the river and who can safely evacuate to higher ground, please do so now," Miller said.

Emergency crews have conducted water rescues in many of the parish’s flood-prone areas. 

Due to the flooding, Tangipahoa Parish has temporarily closed its solid waste landfill as of Friday afternoon and will not be accepting any garbage there this weekend, Miller said.

Sandbags continue to be distributed at the parish barn on Pleasant Ridge Road in Hammond and at the parish maintenance shop in Roseland and until 3 p.m. at the Drainage District#1 shop on Hwy 51 south of Tickfaw. Sandbags will be distributed with a limit of 15 bags per resident, 25 per business.

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