IBERIA PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Iberia Parish President M. Larry Richard has issued a voluntary evacuation notice to residents ahead of Hurricane Ida.
The declaration went into effect at noon Thursday, Aug. 26.
Richard said he consulted with National Weather Service representatives, the Iberia Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, local emergency preparedness partners and others before making the declaration.
He urges all Iberia Parish residents to consider voluntarily evacuating sooner rather than later. He suggests that individuals in the following areas make the consideration:
- Living in areas vulnerable to potential storm surges, including, but not limited to the area West of U. S. Highway 90 and South of Louisiana Highway 14; which area is more particularly displayed on the map attached hereto;
- Living in low-lying areas along lakes, bayous, streams and drainage structures that have experienced flooding in the past;
- Living in a structure that has experienced flooding following heavy rain events;* Without hurricane-safe housing;
- Having special medical needs; and/or
- Having special transportation needs
“Those residents that wish to evacuate should begin that process immediately,” the declaration reads.
“Residents who choose to remain behind may find themselves without power and unable to be rescued, provided with lifesaving assistance or leave the area due to high winds, floodwaters and storm debris.”
Download to read the full declaration below.