Jefferson Parish calls for voluntary evacuation outside levees

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Jefferson Parish officials are urging residents of low-lying areas like Jean Lafitte, Lower Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria to voluntarily evacuate ahead of tropical storms Marco and Laura.

The order took effect at 6:00 p.m., with residents advised to move vehicles, boats, campers, and themselves to higher ground.

“We want to make sure residents are safe as these storms approach so we are taking all the necessary precautions to be fully prepared,” said Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner, Jr.  “We are issuing this voluntary evacuation as an extra precaution to encourage citizens to move to an area of safety before the storms approach.”

“It is so very important to plan ahead and be prepared for these storms, which are expected to bring heavy rain, winds, storm surge and flooding to our area, especially in the lower lining areas of the Parish outside of the levee protection system,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthis Lee Sheng. “We ask all residents of Jefferson Parish to prepare and stay weather aware.”

The New Orleans area is under a hurricane watch with Marco expected to affect the region Monday, followed by Laura on Wednesday.