Iberville Parish: St. Gabriel women's prison being evacuated

VIDEO: Women's prison being evacuated

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women is being evacuated because of concern about potential flooding. The evacuation involves nearly 1,200 female inmates.

The prison is located in St. Gabriel and floodwaters are approaching the area.

The Department of Corrections says, for safety concerns, they will not say where the prisoners are being relocated to until the process is complete.

A woman who answered the phone at neighboring Hunt Correctional Institute said their facility is not being evacuated.

Officials surveyed the Bayou Manchac and Bayou Paul area Monday morning and stated there has not been a breach to Bayou Manchac Road.

The Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness reported state and parish officials are working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to try to reduce the flow of water from Bayou Manchac into Alligator Bayou.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Monday morning for people who live on the east side of LA 30 in the Bayou Paul area.

Officials said the water levels rose 8" to 10" in the area overnight. They added the water continues to rise.

The last official level for the Amite River at Bayou Manchac was around 19.0". It is believed to have crested, but the gauge at that location was lost in the flooding, so there is no official reading anymore.

American Red Cross opened a shelter at the East Iberville Elementary and High School in St. Gabriel on Sunday evening.


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