(TWC) – Residents in several Gulf Coast states continued to prepare Thursday for the potential of days of flooding from Tropical Storm Barry. Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni issued a mandatory evacuation order Thursday for residents in the lower lying Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria, effective 2 p.m. CDT Thursday. “With the way the storm has shifted, and with the winds, we do feel like people could get trapped, and we certainly don’t want that to happen,”

Yenni told WWL-TV. “People’s lives are more important than anything else.” Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner also issued a mandatory evacuation for that town, effective at 2 p.m. Thursday local time, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Officials in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, issued mandatory evacuation orders Wednesday for the entire East Bank and parts of the West Bank from Oakville to Venice, which is about 8,000 to 10,000 residents, WDSU.com reported. Those evacuation orders went into effect at 6 a.m. CDT Thursday morning. READ MORE

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