Even as Sally threat fades, evacuations remain for NOLA low-lying areas

New Orleans remains under a tropical storm warning for Hurricane Sally, and storm surge warnings are still in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River all the way to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell today sounded relieved that the hurricane warning had been dropped, but said communities outside the hurricane risk reduction system, like Lake Catherine, Venetian Isles, and Irish Bayou, are still at risk.

"The track of Hurricane Sally has moved further east, which is good for the city of New Orleans," said Cantrell. "However, we still have our lower-lying areas outside of the levee protection system that we're continuing to focus on. The mandatory evacuation...remains in place and we are just remaining prepared."

City officials say that mandatory evacuation for areas outside the levee won't be lifted until the flood protection authority can safely reopen flood gates on Hwy. 90 and Hwy. 11.