GLPC STORM PHASE III: RECOMMENDED EVACUATION, TS BARRY UPDATE 6
GLPC STORM PHASE III: RECOMMENDED EVACUATION
TROPICAL STORM BARRY
July 11, 2019
Port Fourchon remains in Storm Phase III, which is Recommended Evacuation. This means that tropical force winds are expected to be in Port Fourchon within 50 hours or less. Impacts are still anticipated to be heavy rain and elevated tide levels due to storm surge.
Lafourche Parish officials have issued a recommended evacuation below the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow today, and they anticipate issuing a mandatory evacuation for 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 12, for the area below the lock. With that, GLPC anticipates moving to GLPC Storm Phase IV: Mandatory Evacuation for Port Fourchon at that time.
The town of Grand Isle is currently under mandatory evacuation as of 12:00 p.m. today, and LA DOTD is suspending tolls on the elevated LA 1 Expressway in Leeville to aid in evacuation travels.
The Port Commission recommends that Port Fourchon tenants evacuate due to anticipated overtopping of LA 1 below the floodgates. Roads are currently open to vehicular traffic, but this will transition to road closure if tides rise and overtop the roadway between Golden Meadow and Leeville.
Port Fourchon Harbor Police will be monitoring the condition of the roadway, and the Port Commission will send out updates as they become available.
POSSIBLE IMPACTS IN THE PORT FOURCHON AREA (Per National Weather Service update on 7/11/2019 @ 2:00 PM):
- RAINFALL: Rainfall totals of 10 to 20 inches are possible, locally heavier in some areas. Heaviest rain likely to occur Friday night through Sunday morning.
- TIDES/STORM SURGE: Expected storm surge of 3-5 feet.
- WINDS: Tropical storm force winds expected late Thursday into early Friday. Isolated tornadoes may be possible.
- ROADWAYS: No closures in effect at this time.
WARNINGS, WATCHES, & ADVISORIES (NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Update 7/11/2019 @ 2:00 PM):
- TROPICAL STORM WARNING (for Louisiana coast) in effect.
- STORM SURGE WARNING (for Louisiana Coast) in effect.
- HURRICANE WATCH (for Louisiana coast) in effect.
- FLASH FLOOD WATCH (for Lafourche Parish) in effect.
EMERGENCY STORM HARBOR MARINA:
GLPC has opened the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity.
Visit this link to view GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use:
NOTIFICATIONS AND WEATHER INFORMATION:
If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent out regularly during a weather event with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.
Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER & STORM INFO webpage for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, and contact updating forms.
We will continue to monitor this potential disturbance and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues affecting port and airport.