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Parts of Abbeville under boil advisory

A small part of Abbeville is under a boil advisory because of a broken water line that is already repaired.
A 6-inch water broke near WalMart but it was repaired by City workers. However, until the state is able to test the water, business owners around Walmart are under a boil advisory.
The boundaries are Cattle Festival Road, Veterans Memorial Drive and Lauren Parc Road. It is unknown how long the boil advisory will take place.

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Delcambre Mayor Pam Blakely issues emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Laura

DELCAMBRE — Town of Delcambre (Iberia/Vermilion Parish), is currently facing the threat of high winds, heavy rains, storm surges and flooding as a result of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Laura.
Therefore, Mayor Pam Blakely has issued an Emergency Declaration, effective Monday, August 24, 2020.
Blakely said that after careful consideration and consultations with representatives of the Iberia Parish & Vermilion Parish Offices of Emergency Preparedness and out of an abundance of caution;

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At the age of 80, Whalen Bertrand is busy getting ready for Tropical Storm Laura Monday evening.

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Whalen Bertrand lifts a boat trailer in order to back his tractor behind it. He moved the boat onto a ridge in case a storm surge hits Pecan Island.

Pecan Island resident takes a storm surge seriously

PECAN ISLAND - Whalen Bertrand has been dealing with storm surge since he was 16 years old. Today, he is 80 years old and lives in Pecan Island.
For the last two days, Bertrand, who lives on the westside of Pecan Island, has been getting ready for Hurricane Laura. He has picked up things in his yard and carried them up to his house.
Laura is expected to bring a 7-11 foot storm surge to parts of Vermilion Parish.
Bertrand does not need a weather person to tell him if Laura is dangerous. He only needs to know where along the coast will the storm hit.

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Curfew issued in Abbeville

Due to the severe weather expected with Hurricane Laura, the city of Abbeville will have a curfew in effect from 10 p.m. tonight (Aug. 26) until 5 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 27).
The curfew applies to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, with the exception of emergency vehicles and personnel. This does not apply to anyone traveling to and from work or conducting essential city business activity. Curfews for tomorrow and any following day will be declared on a daily, based on ongoing conditions.

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LSU AgCenter file photo by Bruce Schultz
A combine cuts a rice crop as a storm approaches. South Louisiana farmers are hoping Hurricane Laura will have minimal effects on their crops and livestock.

Farmers prepare for Hurricane Laura by moving livestock, cutting crops

Farmers are preparing for Hurricane Laura by getting their crops out of the fields and moving livestock away from coastal areas.
A previous storm that hit the Cameron Parish coast almost 15 years ago is being used as a reference with expectations Laura will bring a devastating storm surge.
“It’s looking like Hurricane Rita,” said Andrew Granger, LSU AgCenter agent in Vermilion Parish.
Granger said rice farmers are working into the night to get their crop harvested, noting the storm could ruin half of the parish’s second rice crop.

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