Storm Isidore descended upon the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama and Florida, the flooding rain bogged down traffic on
I-10, one of the nation's three coast-to-coast interstates. Even
as the waters subsided, daylight found the interstate and roadways
amuck with mud and debris.
miles of interstate highway, I-10 stretches across eight states:
240.90 miles in California; 391.94 in Arizona; 164.28 in New Mexico;
880.60 in Texas; 274.42 in Louisiana; 77.10 in Mississippi; 66.30
in Alabama; and 362.81 in Florida. As one of three coast-to-coast
interstates (the others being I-80 and I-90), I-10 serves the
southern tier of the United States by providing the main east-west
link from Santa Monica and Los Angeles, CA, in the west to Jacksonville,
FL, in the east.
I-10 eastbound and westbound was closed at the Metairie Road Railroad
Underpass, according to the Louisiana State Police. The New Orleans
Police Department directed westbound traffic off of the interstate
and the state police directed eastbound traffic onto I-610 at
the Jefferson/Orleans line. For state police closures, call 1-800-469-4828.
To report roadway emergencies, dial 577 (*LSP) on your cell phone.
I-10 and U.S. 90 have reopened, according to the Mississippi Department
of Transportation. To contact the Mississippi Emergency Management
Agency, call (601) 352-9100, or for emergencies, call 1-800-222-6362.
U.S. 90 is closed between Bankhead Tunnel and Cochran Bridge due
to water over the road. Hazmat carriers must use alternate routes.
The Mobile Bay Causeway (U.S. 90/98) between Mobile and Spanish
Fort also is closed due to flooding. No closures were reported
for I-10. For road closure information, contact the Alabama Department
of Transportation at (334) 242-6358.
In the Florida
Panhandle area, both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-10 are
open. With water and debris on the roadway, U.S. 98 is slowed
in several areas and closed in a few other areas. For information
about road closures, contact the Florida Department of Transportation
Public Information Office at 1-888-638-0250.
--Rene Tankersley, feature editor