Thursday, September 22, 2005


Hurricane Rita updates for Louisiana

Voluntary evacuation now in effect for Lafayette Parish and a mandatory evacuation is in place for Vermillion Parish.
Plaquemines Parish President Benny Rousselle announced this morning that anyone between Homeplace and Venice and the East Bank that may be trying to salvage properties damaged in Katrina should evacuate the area by 6pm tonight.

A more comprehensive story is here, snippets below.

Engineers have warned that the fractured levees can only handle up to 6 inches of rain and a storm surge of 10 to 12 feet.
"We're already getting a few spotty showers in the New Orleans area," meteorologist Robert Ricks said. "There are going to be brief periods of brief heavy downpours as these squall bands move through."

The new forecast added urgency to continuing efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to shore up levees with sandbags and add portable pumps through the city in anticipation of more flooding.
"Right now, it's a wait and see and hope for the best," said Corps spokesman Mitch Frazier.

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