According to weather.com
- Mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes in Louisiana.
- Evacuations were also ordered for Grand Isle, a vulnerable barrier island south of New Orleans.
- A state of emergency was declared by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday.
- The Texas and Mississippi coasts were also preparing for the tropical storm.
Residents in several Gulf Coast states continued to prepare Thursday for the potential of days of flooding from Tropical Storm Barry.
Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni issued a mandatory evacuation order Thursday for residents in the lower lying Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria, effective 2 p.m. CDT Thursday.
"With the way thestorm has shifted, and with the winds, we do feel like people could get trapped, and we certainly don't want that to happen," Yenni told WWL-TV. "People's lives are more important than anything else."
Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner also issued amandatory evacuationfor that town, effective at 2 p.m. Thursday local time, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
Officials in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana,issued mandatory evacuation ordersWednesday for the entire East Bank and parts of the West Bank from Oakville to Venice, WDSU.com reported. Those evacuation orders went into effect at 6 a.m. CDT Thursday morning; Voluntary evacuations were advised in the parish starting at 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday.
"Plaquemines Parish Government has taken all precautions in preparing for Tropical Storm Barry," parish president Kirk Lepine told reporters Wednesday. "Additional rainfall, high winds and storm surge are expected."
Amandatory evacuationwill be effective at 12 p.m. CDT Thursday for Grand Isle, the vulnerable barrier island south of New Orleans.
Voluntary evacuations were ordered for parts of Lafourche andAcadiaparishes.
Other parishes were more reluctant to issue evacuations.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told The Weather Channel Thursday there would be no mandatory or voluntary evacuations in the city, noting that evacuations are only ordered for a Category 3 or greater hurricane. Instead, the mayor told residents to "shelter in place" during the event that could bring "48 hours of consistent heavy rainfall."
“While it is uncertain what the impact will be, we will be affected and we need to be prepared — and we are prepared to respond," she said. "This doesn’t just mean the city of New Orleans by itself. It means all of our residents as well.”
On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, which frees up state resources for storm response before, during and after the storm's arrival.
"The entire coast of Louisiana is at play in this storm," he said at a news conference.
He noted that 3,000 National Guard troops and high-water vehicles would be on standby throughout the state.
"There three ways Louisiana floods: storm surge, high river and rain. We’re going to have all three," Bel Edwards said Thursday during a press conference. "Whether it comes from the rain or from the river, water is water."
Bel Edwards' declaration came on the heels of a similar emergency declaration for New Orleans, issued by Cantrell.
New Orleans officials have asked residents to remain at home and have at least three days of supplies on hand and to help keep storm drains clear.
The region could receive a double whammy from the tropical storm and the already flooded Mississippi River.
"The slow movement of this system will result in a long duration heavy rainfall threat along the central Gulf Coast and inland through the lower Mississippi Valley through the weekend and potentially into next week," the National Hurricane Center warned.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday it wassending personnel to Louisiana and Texas, CNN reported.
The agency also noted that it was "monitoring any potential effects to areas hit by hurricanes Harvey and Michael, where joint recovery efforts continue."
Meanwhile, aftera long morning of floodingthat left many city roads swamped, crews were hard at work inspecting levees and the pumps that keep water out of New Orleans. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett told the Associated Press that the city's levees "are in good shape" but said areas south of the city are of particular concern.
The corps was working with local officials down river to identify and reinforce vulnerable low-lying areas.
Sewerage and Water Board Executive Director Ghassan Korban told the AP that 118 of New Orleans' 120 pumps are ready to take on the water dumped by the storm.
Wednesday's heavy rain and subsequent street flooding in New Orleans offered residents a glimpse of what may be ahead.
"This is going to be a slow storm ... That's what I'm concerned about," resident Tanya Gulliver-Garcia told the AP.
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