Tropical Storm Barry will bring rainfall and wind hazards to the central Gulf Coast for several days affecting truck travel and some truck stop operations in the Louisiana area.
Due to the slow movement of the system, the area is expect to get hit with long duration heavy rainfall along the central Gulf Coast and inland through the lower Mississippi Valley.
Louisiana Governor held a press conference on Tropical Storm Barry and declared a State of Emergency for the state. For the latest information on Barry, click here.
The Governor stated that state offices are expected to close on Friday July 12. Expect delays in any oversize truck permits as a result.
With the threat of severe weather and heavy rainfall that may impact areas of the state, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) advises motorists that the Pontoon Bridge at Humble Canal on LA 3147 in Freshwater City may need to be closed to traffic on short notice. DOTD anticipates the closure to begin as early as the morning of Friday, July 12, and continue until the high tides and storm surges recedes. All motorists should prepare for this contingency by early preparations. Motorists are encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to beginning commutes to impacted areas by utilizing the following resources for the latest information regarding road conditions.
High Water LA 70 (Lower St. Martin Parish) LA 70 in Lower St. Martin Parish between milepost 7.6 and 8.1 has water across the roadway. No other routes are affected at this time. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid the high water areas.
Travelers can find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at www.511la.org or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information.
Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J has implemented daily operation calls regarding the tropical storm in the gulf coast region of the United States. We will send out updates to our store operations as conditions warrant.
All Pilot or Flying J locations in the current path of this storm are open and operational.
Our supply and transportation teams are working hard to ensure that product remains available at the travel center locations. Please expect high gas traffic into these areas as the storm approaches the coast.
Additional Storm Info & Resources
Important Information links:
National Hurricane Center (National Weather Service): https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Storm Prediction Center (National Weather Service): https://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Pilot Flying J (store locator map): https://www.pilotflyingj.com/store-locator/
Louisiana Power Outage Info: https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana
Louisiana Traffic Info/Cameras/Road Closures: https://www.511la.org/
Louisiana Emergency Info/Evacuation Orders: http://emergency.louisiana.gov/