OUACHITA PARISH, La. KNOE/KSLA - Ouachita Parish is preparing to receive people who flee South Louisiana due to Hurricane Barry.
The city of Monroe is partnered to house evacuees from Lafourche, St. James and Terrebonne parishes, CBS affiliate KNOE reports.
West Monroe is the designated city to house people from Iberia and Plaquemines parishes.
A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Plaquemines Parish’s east bank starting at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Parks along the west bank, from the Oakville floodgate south to Venice, also are under a mandatory evacuation order.
Voluntary evacuations were issued for the same areas starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The order was issued as a precaution in response to historically high water levels recorded on the Mississippi River.
“Per an agreement with the city of West Monroe and Plaquemines Parish government, the city of West Monroe will provide shelter for up to 250 Plaquemines Parish residents,” says a statement from the city of West Monroe.
"These evacuees will be housed at The Rec at Seventh Square, located at 1802 N. 7th Street.
“Evacuees are expected to arrive in West Monroe sometime on Thursday, July 11. Beginning on Thursday, July 11, The Rec will be closed to the general public until further notice. No donations or volunteers are needed at this time.”
Meantime, Ouachita Police Jury President Shane Smiley already has declared a state of emergency in his parish because there’s a chance it will be on the more severe side of the storm when it moves through that area.
The strongest winds tend to be on the right side of the storm because of the storm’s counter-clockwise rotation and northern movement.
Ouachita’s emergency declaration allows parish officials to start preparing for the storm.