The Louisiana State Police has issued a transit alert in reference to Hurricane Ida.
The alert reads as follows:
As Hurricane Ida gains strength in the gulf and landfall is imminent, all across Louisiana, Troopers are out monitoring road and weather conditions as we prepare for the storm. We are experiencing a major increase in traffic as motorists travel to a safer area.
Motorists are urged to exercise patience and drive courteously as they encounter traffic congestion. Always buckle your seat belt and refrain from aggressive, distracted and impaired driving to greatly reduce your chances of being severely injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash. Please use alternate routes to avoid congestion.
Traffic congestion on I-10 westbound begins on I-10 in New Orleans and continues onto I-10 in Lake Charles with intermittent relief throughout. Traffic congestion on I-10 eastbound begins in New Orleans and continues into Mississippi.
U.S. Hwy 90
Traffic congestion on U.S. Hwy 90 begins near Morgan City and continues toward Terrebonne/Assumption Parish line.
We ask that motorists take the necessary precautions as they begin to travel, such as:
• Fuel up your vehicle prior to traveling, as fuel may become scarce.
• Be sure to pack any necessary medications, non-perishable food items, and water.
• Remember to pack critical documents, and chargers for communication purposes, should an emergency arise.
Hurricane preparations and any evacuation plans should be finalized. Listen to your parish officials regarding mandatory and voluntary evacuations.
Motorists are urged to call *LSP (*577) only in the event of roadside emergencies and not for informational purposes.
For information about shelters, call 211.
For road closure information, motorists can utilize the 511 phone system, 511la.org, or Louisiana 511 smartphone application.
For updates related to Hurricane Ida, citizens can text “Ida” to 67283