BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Barry made landfall in Louisiana Saturday, July 13 as a Category 1 hurricane and was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Some shelters have opened for residents in the area. Anyone looking for shelter should call 211 or text LASHELTER to 898211 for the most current shelter information. Not all shelters can accommodate pets.
The following shelters are open:
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH
The Salvation Army Center of Hope Men’s Emergency Shelter opened its doors at 4 p.m., Friday, July 12, remaining open 24 hours a day until the storm has passed and conditions are again safe. Beds will be provided on a first come first serve basis with a maximum capacity of 80 men. Men will be served three meals a day and provided with a place to shower, sleep, and wash their clothing. If you would like to help provide assistance to those in need, there is a great need for lunches, bottled water, and hygiene items. Donated items may be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 7361 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge. For items needing pick up, please call The Salvation Army at 225-367-6903 or 225-326-0726.
An evacuation shelter is now open at Central Middle School on Sullivan Road at Gurney in Central. Residents are asked to bring their own bedding.
The Baker Municipal Center, located at 3325 Groom Rd., has opened as a shelter. No pets are allowed.
A shelter is open at the Raceland Recreation Center at 241 Recreation Drive. Evacuees must use US Hwy 90 to travel to the shelter.
Parking lots at the following schools are available for South Denham residents to park their cars on high ground:
- Grey’s Creek Elementary
- Juban Parc Junior High
- Juban Parc Elementary
The Livingston Parish Library has also opened parking lots for residents to park their cars in anticipation of rising water. Residents can park at the following five branches:
- Main Branch, 20390 Iowa Street, Livingston
- Albany-Springfield, 26941 Hwy. 43, Hammond
- Denham Springs-Walker, 8101 Hwy. 190, Denham Springs
- South Branch, 23477 Hwy. 444, Livingston
- Watson Branch, 36581 Outback Rd., Denham Springs
PET FRIENDLY SHELTERS
Those forced to evacuate to the MegaShelter in Alexandria will not be turned away if they bring their pets, however, the shelter is not a boarding facility. Owners have to be there with their pets. Pets will be housed in a building next door to the shelter. Owners will be able to visit their pets twice per day. Anyone arriving with their pets should bring carriers, food, water, and veterinary records. Pets without vet records will be vaccinated for safety reasons. Read more here.
A mobile pet shelter has been dispatched to the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Southern University’s campus, which is now sheltering evacuees. The mobile pet shelter can hold approximately 50 pets. It is a tractor trailer equipped with metal cages, generator, battery power and a cleaning station. It has an air ventilation system to provide proper air circulation and temperature for the pets. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has two mobile pet shelters.
A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for the entire parish.
EAST FELICIANA PARISH
A voluntary evacuation has been issued for the area along the Amite River (River Road and surrounding areas). Those in low-lying areas are encouraged to seek higher ground on a voluntary basis.
A mandatory evacuation was issued for Grand Isle beginning at 12 p.m. Thursday, July 11. There is a 10 p.m. curfew in effect.
The parish president has issued a recommended evacuation for Pointe-Aux-Chene because LA 24 is closed in Larose due to over-topping of the levee.
A voluntary evacuation was issued for the areas south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow. A voluntary evacuation is in effect for Port Fourchon.
A voluntary evacuation has been issued for areas outside levees, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine, and Irish Bayou. US 90 closed at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12.
A mandatory evacuation was issued for the entire east bank beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 11. Parts of the west bank are also under a mandatory evacuation, spanning from the Oakville floodgate south to Venice. Voluntary evacuations were issued for the same areas.
CLICK HERE for more on evacuations in Plaquemines Parish.
ST. HELENA PARISH
A curfew is in effect for the parish from 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13 to 8 a.m. Sunday, July 14.
ST. JAMES PARISH
A voluntary evacuation has been issued.
ST. JOHN PARISH
A voluntary evacuation has been issued for residents in low-lying areas including:
- Pleasure Bend
- Frenier Landing
- Peavine Road
- Areas that typically have issues with flooding during heavy rain events
ST. MARTIN PARISH
A voluntary evacuation order was issued for lower St. Martin Parish Thursday, July 11. Anyone who wishes to comply with the voluntary evacuation and needs assistance can call the Parish’s Office of Emergency Preparedness at 337-394-2808.
ST. MARY PARISH
A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all of LA 317 South from the Intracoastal Bridge to Burns Point
Parish President David Hanagriff has declared a voluntary evacuation parish-wide.
Shelters are open at the following locations:
- Covington High, 73030 Lions Dr., Covington
- Lee Road Jr. High, 79131 Hwy. 40, Covington
- Pearl River High School, 39110 Rebel Ln., Pearl River
A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas along LA 315 and Brady Road south of Falgout Canal. Water is over-topping the Lower Dularge East Levee.
A voluntary evacuation is in effect for all areas outside of Morganza hurricane levee and in Zone 1 areas of the parish beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 12. Click here for the parish evacuation zone map. Parish residents who need shelter can go to the Houma Municipal Auditorium, located at 880 Verret St. The shelter will open at 7 a.m. Friday. Evacuees should bring food, water, medicines, bedding, baby formula, and supplies for at least three days. Those needing rides to the shelter should call 985-873-6357.
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