Update, 12:45 p.m. Tuesday
Around 1,200 prisoners will be evacuated from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, according to Natalie LaBorde, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections.
The prison has not taken on water yet, but it’s "very possible the flooding could reach," LaBorde said, so the decision was made to move the prisoners as a precaution.
State corrections officials said Tuesday they are evacuating prisoners from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel.
Jimmy LeBlanc, the state corrections secretary, made the decision to relocate the prisoners for "precautionary reasons," said Natalie LaBorde, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections.
"For safety reasons, no other details can be given at this time," LaBorde said in an email.
St. Gabriel, which is located in Iberville Parish, has taken on significant floodwaters in recent days, and officials said several dozen homes had been affected.
Laurie Doiron, director of the Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, said Tuesday morning that floodwaters are making a gradual rise in East Iberville due to Bayou Manchac overtopping onto Bayou Manchac Road.
"It's nothing like what folks were seeing in East Baton Rouge Parish, and everywhere else, where folks went to bed and then woke up to water everywhere," she said. "It's a gradual rise, and most of the people in St. Gabriel that would have been affected were able to evacuate."
Over the weekend, some 600 inmates were evacuated from the jail in hard-hit Livingston Parish to four state prison facilities, including the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, corrections officials said.