State by state: Isaac floods, whips coastal regions

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 8:00am

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Isaac continues to drench the central Gulf Coast region. Heading into Thursday, thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were under states of emergency.

A summary of the latest situations in each state:

Louisiana

-- New Orleans on Wednesday declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

-- Tulane University has canceled classes for the rest of the week and will resume on Tuesday after Labor Day, according to the university's website.

-- Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, will be closed through Thursday, the school said on its website.

-- Entergy officials said they are taking one of their nuclear power plants west of New Orleans offline.

-- State government offices were closed Wednesday and will remain closed Thursday.

-- New Orleans City Hall will reopen next Tuesday.

-- The U.S. Geological Survey said that the Mississippi River flowed backward for nearly 24 hours on Tuesday.

-- The new $165 million Seabrook Floodgate at the north end of the Industrial Canal was closed for the first time for a storm event.

-- Fifty-six parishes have issued emergency declarations.

-- Seven parishes announced mandatory evacuations in their jurisdictions.

-- Plaquemines Parish officials issued a curfew until sunrise Wednesday.

-- The Department of Corrections has moved prisoners from coastal parishes to state prison facilities.

-- Bus and street car service in New Orleans, and Amtrak and Greyhound service to and from the city have been shut down.

-- President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency, and federal aid is on the way.

-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in charge of recovery operations, and more than 5,000 National Guard troops have been activated.

-- The Louisiana National Guard has deployed 48 boat teams and 13 communications teams.

-- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not issue an evacuation order but called for people outside the city's protective levees to leave.

-- The city's pump stations have backup generators ready in case of electrical outages.

-- Crews have been evacuated from oil production platforms and drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

-- The Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico and will not respond to water emergencies until after the storm passes.

-- Cargo terminals within the Port of New Orleans have ceased operations.

-- The Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech football game, originally scheduled for Thursday in Shreveport, has been postponed until October 13.

-- The New Orleans Saints football team moved its practices to Cincinnati.

-- Gov. Bobby Jindal is skipping the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida, because of the storm.

Florida

-- Coast Guard air crews were searching for a missing person who had been using a personal watercraft off the coast of Pensacola.

-- Isaac caused minor damage as it skirted South Florida.

-- Thirty members of the Florida National Guard were activated, the governor's office said.

-- Aircraft at six military bases were relocated, the Defense Department said.

Mississippi

-- All low-lying areas in Hancock County are flooding, according to local emergency management officials

-- There is "quite a bit of flooding" in Pass Christian, Harrison County emergency management said.

-- There are more than 49,000 customers without power, according to utility companies.

-- More than 2,100 people are in shelters in the state.

-- Truckloads of water, generators and food were staged and ready for distribution.

-- Two gas station owners were arrested for price gouging. The attorney general's office said it has received almost 160 calls related to gas price complaints.

-- The president declared a state of emergency for southern Mississippi and ordered federal aid.

-- Residents can call 211 for information on shelters, assistance and transportation.

-- Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of Hancock and Jackson counties.

-- Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has closed.

-- A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire coast.

-- About 1,500 National Guard troops have been deployed.

-- Gulfport authorities ordered the port cleared of cargo vessels.

-- More than 80,000 sandbags had been distributed.

-- The Department of Environmental Quality asked residents to report any sightings of oil or oily material to 1-800-424-8802.

Alabama

-- Some 3,000 customers were without power, according to Alabama Power.

-- A tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire coast.

-- Authorities are warning of strong winds, high water and storm surges.

-- Gov. Robert Bentley ordered an evacuation of parts of Baldwin and Mobile counties.

-- Residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas are urged to leave voluntarily.

-- Mobile's airport reopened Wednesday afternoon.
 

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