Southeast Louisiana coastal parishes avoid major impacts from Sally

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It looks like Louisiana’s coastal parishes in southeast Louisiana have dodged a bullet from Hurricane Sally as the storm will stay to the east of the Bayou State. Plaquemines Parish President Kirk Lepine says residents did not take the threat from Sally lightly.

“We saw a steady stream of cars coming from south to north and we saw a steady stream of our Eastbank residents crossing our ferry to come to our Westbank to evacuate,” said Lepine.

Forecasters have had a difficult time tracking Sally. On Sunday, they had the storm making landfall in southeast Louisiana as a Category two hurricane. Lepine says he’s watching the storm closely until the storm makes away from the Gulf Coast.

“We want to prepare for the worst, even though its shift to the east with some of the models, we’re still not letting our guard down yet,” said Lepine.

Plaquemines Parish is still looking at a storm surge of six to nine feet. Lepine says he’s concerned about flooded highways.

“In the Westbank side we have Highway 23 and the water can come over our back levy so it would hinder our transportation north and south and the same principle on my Eastbank of the parish has Highway 39,” said Lepine.