As everyone watches the track of Tropical Storm Barry, which is predicted to come ashore at Morgan City on Saturday morning, many Acadiana parishes have announced voluntary evacuations.
The voluntary evacuation orders are in effect in the following:
The evacuation notice applies to residents in low-lying areas in Vermilion Parish and for those in low-lying areas south of La. 92 in Acadia Parish.
Residents should be prepared for changing weather conditions and consider packing enough clothes, medicine and supplies for several days and make arrangements for your pets, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
To help with traffic, the Pontoon Bridge in Estherwood will be opened Thursday at noon until further notice, the sheriff's office said.
In Vermilion Parish, where storm surge is the primary concern, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommended evacuating residents gather food, water, pet supplies and medications for two weeks.
The level of storm surge is still uncertain and will depend on where the storm comes ashore along the Louisiana coast.
In Cameron Parish, a voluntary evacuation notice applies to residents of all areas below the Intracoastal Waterway. This includes the communities of Hackberry, Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Cameron, Creole, Grand Chenier and Big Lake.
St. Mary Parish President David Hanagriff declared voluntary evacuations for all residents of the parish. The storm is expected to come ashore between Morgan City and Avery Island.
St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars declared a voluntary evacuation for residents in lower St. Martin Parish Thursday afternoon.
On Friday, mayor-president Joel Robideaux issued a voluntary evacuaiton notice for Lafayette Parish residents in areas prone to flooding and for those who have special needs that require uninterrupted electricity.