Response calls have risen in the last few hours while Hurricane Barry speeds up its approach to south Louisiana.
The storm is now expected to make landfall around Lafayette later this afternoon.
The Terrebonne Parish Levee and Conservation District, parish crews and the Sheriff's Office are on site in Montegut along the Morganza Levee which has been overtopped with water.
Parish and inmate crews are building the road and adding sandbags along the J2 reach of the levee to prevent more water overflow, Councilman Steve Trosclair said.
Sections of that five-mile stretch of the levee system were still under construction before Barry formed. Parts of the levee were built up to about 8 feet. At full construction, the full levee will reach 12 feet.
There have been no breaches of the levee and the overflow of water has stopped, he said.
Sandbags are being placed along about 300 or 400 feet of the levee to stop the overflow where the redundant levee system isn't holding back the water.
Terrebonne has also deployed some crews to restore power to parish utility customers. At last report, just over 2,000 parish customers were without power.
Entergy has about 25,800 customers out in Terrebonne and Lafourche and SLECA has another 3,530. Restoration crews are being deployed as weather permits.
The Lafourche Parish Emergency Operations Center reports the storm's strongest impacts in will be felt later this afternoon and overnight.
As the storm continues to track to the west, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes expect to be hit with the edge of hurricane force winds. Storm surge flooding is still expected as the area could receive up to 15 or 20 inches of rain.
As of about 10 a.m., the Lafourche shelter at the Raceland Recreation Center was housing about 18 evacuees, the Lafourche EOC reported via Councilman Mike Gros.
"So far, our main impact has been downed trees. DPW and the Fire Departments are doing great work removing the trees," the announcement states.
The parish has distributed about 15,000 sandbags, hauling in more yesterday to meet the demand. The parish is reporting a 100 percent pumping capacity.
More sandbags were delivered to Des Allemands under bridge the and at the boat launch. Filled bags are also still available at the Bayou Boeuf Bridge.
Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle and Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete have re-issued curfew notices from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Sunday.
The Thibodaux Public Works department has deployed its new high water truck to deliver a 350kW generator to the sewer plant after to the main feeder pole was damaged by the storm.
The Houma Fire Department called in all its members and are ready to respond as needed. Crews worked through the night and responded to more than 40 calls for service in the last 24 hours, the department said.
Bishop Shelton Fabre announced all Saturday vigil masses in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux have been cancelled. A decision regarding Sunday masses will be made later today.
- LA 1 south of the Leon Theriot Locks in Golden Meadow
- Cote Blanche Pontoon Bridge in Cut Off
- Galliano Pontoon Bridge
‒ The La. 665 Road Gate in Pointe-aux-Chenes is closed.
‒ The La. 56 Roller Gate is closed. The emergency bypass road will be open to light vehicular traffic.
‒ Check for road closures and traffic conditions across Louisiana at 511la.org.
To report power outages,
‒ Entergy: 1-800-968-8243 (800-9OUTAGE). Download the Entergy app for iPhone or Android. Or view outages and get estimated restoration times at entergystormcenter.com.
‒ Terrebonne Parish Utilities Department: 873-6750.
‒ SLECA: 876-6880 or 800-256-8826.