Evacuation orders for Southwestern Louisiana

Sept. 22, 2005 – A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to Port O'Conner, Texas. Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for the areas south of Port O'Conner to Port Mansfield, Texas. A Tropical Storm warning also remains in effect for the southeastern coast of Louisiana from Morgan City to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Governor's office has issued the following evacuation orders as of 2:00 PM today, local time.
The following Parishes are under mandatory evacuation orders:
All of Cameron Parish
South of I-10: Calcasieu parish
South of LA14: Vermilion Parish. Also all residents living in mobile homes or require special needs are under mandatory evacuation.
St. Mary Parish areas below Intercoastal Waterway.
South of LA92: Acadia Parish. All residents living in mobile homes are also under a maditory evacuation order.

The Following Areas are under a Recommended Evacuation Order:
Remaining Areas of Calcasieu parish
Remaining Areas of Vermilion parish
Remaining Areas of Acadia parish
Remaining Areas of St. Mary parish
Areas south of I-10 in Jefferson Davis parish
All of Iberia parish
All of Lafayette parish.

If you live in an area that is going to be affected by Hurricane Rita and you require special medical needs, live in an area prone to flooding or live in a mobile home you are being asked to voluntarily evacuate.

Sandbag locations are available at these locations:
Iberia Parish Public Works- Avery Island road
Belaire Fire Station- Old Jeanerette road
Loreauville Fire Station- Bridge street
Jeanerette City Barn- 1611 Martin Luther King road
Grand Marais Fire Station- College road
Coteau Fire Station- Coteau road/Hwy89
Delcambre City Hall- Railroad street
New Iberia Public Work- Joe Allen Daigre drive

Also all people being sheltered at the Lafayette Cajundome are being evacuated to Shreveport. That was the decision of the Lafayette City-Parish Government earlier today.

The Main Route for evacuation is I-49 North. Shetler information is available at the Checkpoint at Exit 53 on I-49.