Jindal: Evacuate now if you're near Tangipahoa River

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POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 1:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:06am

Governor Jindal held a press conference this afternoon to update residents in Tangipahoa Parish on the flooding threat. He warns all to take the evacuation warning seriously.

Earlier today the Mississippi Emergency Management notified GOHSEP of the issue at the dam at Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quinn State Park. Initial reports indicated a failure of the dam, but a second assessment noted that the dam was just damaged during Hurricane Isaac. However, the threat is no less serious.

The initial evacuation included homes one mile on either side of the river. That has since been reduced to a half-mile on either side.

Shelters are located at Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.

Sheriff Edwards has called for additional resources to support our parish. 40 busses and 14 ambulances will be deployed to the Amite Arena to assist in the evacuation. Evacuees will be transported to our local shelters. It is asked that if you have family or friends in the area needing a place to stay, please open your home to them.

Sheriff Edwards encourages anyone needing assistance to please contact our office at 985.355.6150.

The video attached is Governor Jindal’s full remarks. We will have a recap of the flood warning this evening on NBC33 News.

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