NEW ORLEANS, La. (KNOE/WVUE) - The city of West Monroe is preparing to take evacuees from south Louisiana. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Plaquemines Parish ahead of a potential hurricane in the gulf.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the entire east bank of Plaquemines Parish starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. Parks of the west bank are also under a mandatory evacuation, spanning from the Oakville floodgate south to Venice. Voluntary evacuations were also issued starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, for the same areas.
The order was issued as a cautionary measure in response to the historically high water levels being recorded in the Mississippi River.
A city of West Monroe spokesperson says:
"Per an agreement with the City of West Monroe and Plaquemines Parish Government, the City of West Monroe will provide shelter for up to 250 Plaquemines Parish residents. These evacuees will be housed at The Rec at Seventh Square, located at 1802 N. 7th Street. Evacuees are expected to arrive in West Monroe some time on Thursday, July 11. Beginning on Thursday, July 11, The Rec will be closed to the general public until further notice. No donations or volunteers are needed at this time."
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