Mandatory evacuation, curfew set in Assumption

Residents in Assumption Parish are being told it’s time to get out of harm’s way as Hurricane Isaac makes its approach.

Parish officials instituted a mandatory evacuation throughout the parish on Tuesday morning and will institute a curfew at midnight.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack said that while the evacuation order is mandatory, it won’t be enforced.

“We’re not going to bang on doors and force people to get out,” he said.

“Everybody around here pretty much knows their area and what they need to do,” said Kim Torres, a spokeswoman for the Assumption Parish Police Jury. “If they have any questions or doubts, they need to move.”

Waguespack said the curfew, which will not allow anyone in the streets of the parish or any business to sell alcohol after midnight, will be enforced by his agency. He said the curfew will go into effect at midnight and will remain in effect until further notice.

“We don’t really expect things to calm down here until first thing Thursday morning,” he said.