Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has declared a state of emergency today as Tropical Storm Karen makes its way towards landfall.

A mandatory evacuation has been called starting Friday, October, 4 at 6:00pm for the east bank of Plaquemines Parish along with all Plaquemines Parish communities with no levee protection.

For those seeking shelter, the Belle Chasse Auditorium will be open. Officials ask that citizens bring their own provisions.

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