As this severe weather event passes over, we want to remind you to stay indoors and off of the streets and highways if possible. If you need police, fire or emergency medical assistance, please call 911.
If you see a downed power line, DO NOT approach it. Call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (985) 446-2255 and report the location to emergency personnel.
If you are driving and come across tree limbs or other debris that is blocking the roadway, please remain in your vehicle and contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 446-2255. DO NOT exit your vehicle and attempt to move the debris on your own as there may be power lines or other hazardous items tangled up in the debris.
TODAY: Governor John Bel Edwards will make an announcement about the Stay at Home order and provide an update on Louisiana's response to COVID-19. As of 12:00 PM, the Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 31,815 positive cases of #COVID19 in Louisiana.
⏰: 2:30 pm
The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Lafourche Parish, including the Choctaw, Chackbay and Bayou Boeuf areas, until 8:00 PM.
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Thunderstorms and heavy rain are possible Friday in southeast Louisiana, forecasters said.
Some of the storms could be severe.
The line of storms is expected to reach New Orleans and Baton Rouge Friday afternoon and Friday night ahead of a cold front, the National Weather Service in Slidell said.
What are the threats?
Some of the thunderstorms could be severe Friday. The National Weather Service said these threats are possible:
When will it get here?
The greatest severe weather threat is Friday afternoon and night in southeast Louisiana.
As of 7:00 AM, the storms were over Shreveport.
They are expected to reach Baton Rouge around 4:00 PM and get to New Orleans around 7:00 PM, meteorologists said.
By 10:00 PM, the line of storms should be past Boothville and moving out of Louisiana.
For tips on how you can stay safe in severe weather, click HERE to visit our Severe Weather Preparedness Page.
In observance of Mother’s Day weekend, the Raceland COVID-19 testing site will be CLOSED this Saturday and Sunday.
The site will reopen on Monday, May 11th, 2020 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM, or until test capacity is met.
Testing is open to adults 18+, individuals will perform the nasal swab on themselves, and will receive results in three to five days. As of yesterday, over 900 tests have been completed.
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Lafourche Parish officials would like to inform you that there is a free drive-through COVID-19 self-testing site now open at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Shooting Range, located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland.
The testing site is open seven days per week from 8:00 AM until Noon, or until the limit of the number of tests has been reached each day. Anyone over the age of 18 can be tested.
You must bring a valid Louisiana I.D. or driver's license, and you will be required to perform a nasal swab on yourself.
You must remain inside your vehicle, but all eligible individuals inside the vehicle may be tested.
No appointment is necessary, and insurance is not required. For the safety of all, pets or motorcycles are not allowed.
All Lafourche Parish residents are encouraged to get tested, whether you have symptoms of COVID-19 or not. Those symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
Again, the testing site is located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland and is open seven days per week from 8:00 AM until Noon, or until the limit of the number of tests has been reached each day.