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From Parish President M. Larry Richard: Voluntary Evacuation of All Iberia Parish Residents Recommended -  8/25/2020

For more information contact: Prescott Marshall

IBERIA PARISH GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE M. Larry Richard Parish President Iberia Parish, Louisiana is currently facing the imminent threat of high winds, heavy rains, storm surges and flooding as a result of Hurricane Laura expected to make landfall in Southwest Louisiana or Southeast Texas as a Category 3 hurricane late Wednesday (08-26-20) or early Thursday (08-27-20).


Therefore, an Emergency Declaration was previously issued by me, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020.

THE WEATHER MODELS AND PREDICTED PATH OF HURRICANE LAURA APPEAR VERY SIMILAR TO THOSE OF HURRICANE RITA WHICH CAUSED MAJOR FLOODING AND PROPERTY DAMAGE IN IBERIA PARISH.

After continued consultation with representatives of the National Weather Service, the Iberia Parish Office Of Emergency Preparedness, our local emergency preparedness partners and other similar agencies,

I AM URGING ALL RESIDENTS OF IBERIA PARISH TO CONSIDER VOLUNTARILY EVACUATING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE:

* Who experienced flooding as a result of Hurricane Rita;

* Living in areas vulnerable to potential storm surges;

* Living in low-lying areas along lakes, bayous, streams and drainage structures that have experienced flooding in the past;

* Living in a structure that has experienced flooding following heavy rain events;

* Without hurricane-safe housing;

* Having special medical needs; and/or

* Having special transportation needs

I am also encouraging all of our residents to check their emergency supplies, create a protective plan of action for their families and pets and continue to monitor Iberia PINS (Parish Information Notification System) and our local news media for future weather updates. Those residents that wish to evacuate should begin that process immediately. Residents who choose to remain behind may find themselves without power and unable to be rescued, provided with lifesaving assistance or leave the area due to high winds, floodwaters and storm debris.

This 25th day of August 2020.


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