Coastal states battling wind, rain from Isidore

| Thursday, September 26, 2002

Heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Isidore continue to pummel Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, causing road closures and evacuations of some areas. If your trucking route takes you into coastal communities, check the state police web sites for updated information on traffic disruptions.

On Wednesday afternoon, Louisiana began closing some streets and highways due to flooding. U.S. 90B lower level at the Harvey Tunnel in Jefferson Parish is closed in both directions. LA-1 southbound in Lafource Parish is closed at the floodgates in Galliano due to high water and debris in the roadway. The bridge on LA-433 at St. Genovese Church in St. Tammany Parish has been closed due to rising water.

If you're trucking in Louisiana, check out the State Police's emergency evacuation map at www.lsp.org/pdf/emergencyevacuation.pdf, or call the State Police Road Closure Hotline at 1-800-469-4828. To report roadway emergencies, dial *LSP (*577) on your cell phone. To contact the state's Office of Emergency Preparedness, call (225) 925-7500.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Isidore and provides regular updates on its web site www.msema.org/isidore.htm. Tune into these stations for the latest Hurricane Isidore evacuation and shelter information: Biloxi 90.3 FM; Bude 88.9 FM; Jackson 91.3 FM; Meridian 88.1 FM; MS State Starkville 89.9 FM; Greenwood 90.9 FM; Oxford 90.3 FM; Booneville 89.5 FM. To contact MEMA, call (601) 352-9100, or for emergencies, call 1-800-222-6362.

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