Isidore Impact

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

South Louisiana residents are braced for the arrival of tropical storm Isidore. In Terrebonne Parish -- which stands right in the middle of Isidore's anticipated path -- officials opened an emergency shelter at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic \Center. They expect about 2,000 people to show up. As of Wedneday morning, about 100 had trickled in.

Melissa Foret, 35, and her five-year-old daughter were among them. She said she decided to evacuate her mobile home, which sits in a low-lying area south of Houma, out of a precaution. She said the clouds started moving in real fast and she said she didn't want to take any chances.

Thelma Phillips, a 60-year-old Dulac resident who suffers from severe arthritis, came to the center with her daughter and five grandchildren. She said three inches of water accumulated in their yard and she didn't want to get trapped. She said sometimes when it rains the kids have to wait for the water to go down before they can get to school.

Tropical storm Isidore is directing more of its flooding rains at the Mississippi Gulf Coast. There are reports of some street flooding as evacuations continue.

National Weather Service forecaster, Jeff Butts, said one to two inches of rain fell across south Mississippi since Tuesday. He says it's likely three to five more inches will fall.

Isidore was about 350 miles south of New Orleans Wednesday morning, churning north. Emergency officials all along the Mississippi coast say emergency shelters have been readied, and schools have been closed.

Civil defense agencies in Hancock and Jackson counties issued mandatory evacuations for people living in low-lying areas. Harrison County issued a voluntary evacuation for people living in low-lying areas that need special assistance, and officials in Harrison County said they needed volunteer nurses because the county has a severe shortage of nurses for an emergency.

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove declared a state of emergency late Tuesday for the entire state in anticipation of Isidore's impact.

Alabama Emergency Management officials asked people in Mobile County to evacuate low-lying areas because of possible flooding from tropical storm Isidore. Officials say the evacuations are voluntary. Among the areas affected are Dauphin Island and Bayou la Batre.

The American Red Cross has opened three additional shelters in Mobile County and one in Baldwin County. Theodore High School was opened Tuesday.

Red Cross officials say shelters will be available at Satsuma High School, Vigor High School and Semmes Middle School. Baldwin County residents seeking shelter can use Foley High School, which opened Wednesday morning.

The Red Cross said additional shelters will open if they're needed.


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