Shelters opening in Louisiana parishes amid severe weather event
In response to the severe weather threat Tuesday, Louisiana officials are opening shelters across the southeast for residents who live in homes that cannot withstand possible tornadoes, hail or other possible weather threats.
Officials in parishes where the storm’s impact is predicted to be significant, mainly in the Baton Rouge area, or parishes with temporary FEMA housing from Hurricane Ida began opening shelters Tuesday morning ahead of the storm’s mid-afternoon arrival.
Here is the list of parishes with shelter openings. To read the weather forecast, click here.
Houma, LA – Houma Municipal Auditorium is open as a temporary severe weather shelter for people residing in a FEMA or state travel trailer or modular home unit. The shelter is located at 880 Verret Street and will be open until there is no longer a severe weather threat.
No food or bedding will be provided, and residents are encouraged to bring their own supplies needed. Pets are allowed.
The parish is encouraging residents in FEMA, state temporary housing or damaged homes to seek safe shelter in a relative's or friend’s home if possible.
Hammond, LA – Two churches — the Mission Church at 41347 W. I-55 Service Road, and the Greater Temple Chapel Baptist Church located at 912 Avenue G in Kentwood — are open at 1 p.m. Residents can shelter in place at either location until the weather passes. No food will be served.
Residents will be asked to return to their home once the storm system passes so the churches can close.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Tangipahoa Parish (@TeamTangipahoa) March 22, 2022
Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller, in partnership with The Mission Church and The Greater Temple Chapel Baptist Church, will open temporary shelters at 1 pm to ride out this afternoon’s approaching storm.
Read the full update: https://t.co/fQjU5IaDhi pic.twitter.com/bhCc2G9wex
St. Charles Parish
Luling, LA - The Edward A. Dufresne Community Center will open as a “refuge of last resort.” No supplies will be provided at the site. The shelter will open at 2 p.m. at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway.
The parish government recommends that residents who live in “substandard” housing, mobile homes and trailers move to a sturdier house or to the community center while the risk of tornadoes is high.
At 2 p.m., the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling will open as a refuge of last resort. No supplies will be provided at the site.— St. Charles Parish (@stcharlesgov) March 22, 2022
If you live in substandard house, a mobile home or trailer, please make plans to stay with friends or family or the Community Center. pic.twitter.com/AvWxhZlxr0
St. John the Baptist Parish
Laplace, LA - The gymnasium of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School, located at 3328 US-51, will open for those seeking shelter at 3:00 p.m. and remain active “until severe weather is no longer a threat” to the parish. Residents are advised to bring their own food, water and other essentials.
Edgard, LA - The gymnasium of West St. John High School, located at 480 LA-3127, will open for those seeking shelter at 3:00 p.m. and remain active “until severe weather is no longer a threat” to the parish. Residents are advised to bring their own food, water and other essentials.
St. John Parish residents living in travel trailers, modular homes or damaged homes are encouraged to seek shelter at one of these sites or to shelter in a sturdier home with a friend or relative.
Terrytown, LA – The Terrytown Playground, located at 641 Heritage Ave., will open as a shelter at 3 p.m. and will remain open for residents in need of sturdy shelter until severe weather passes. Residents are asked to bring their own supplies. No cots or food will be provided. The playground is not an overnight shelter.
St. James Parish
Convent, LA - St. James Parish is opening a shelter from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Convent Community Shelter, located at 5775 Hwy 44.