Update - 9:30am (6/25) -Tropical Storm Debby is expected to slowly drift northeast toward the Florida Panhandle through this week. The overall impact to Southeast Louisiana is expected to be minimal. A coastal flood advisory is still in effect for coastal Louisiana through Tuesday morning. Residents in Plaquemines Parish should be prepared for elevated tides and strong winds. Low lying areas outside of the hurricane protection levees may experience some flooding. Check back for updates.
2:30pm (6/24) -Officials are now predicting a western turn of tropical storm Debby. Current models are showing the possibility of tropical storm force winds hitting Plaquemines Parish as early as Monday evening, June 25th. There is also the possibility of Debby becoming a category 1 hurricane by Wednesday. Parish Officials will continue to monitor the storm. As of now there is no call to evacuate. Officials do not anticipate the flooding of Hwy 23 but sandbags and Hasco baskets are being put in place as precautionary measures. While preparations are being made to protect Plaquemines Parish from storm surge, residents are urged to take precautions. Residents should be prepared for heavy rain, wind, and flooding, especially in low lying areas.
10:00am (6/24) - Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser declared a State of Emergency at 6:00 a.m. this morning (6/24). The call comes with the movement of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no call to evacuate at this time. The State of Emergency declaration means that officials are beginning the preparation for a storm event. Residents in low lying areas outside of the hurricane protection levee system should be prepared for heavy rain and flooding. Check back for updates.