Evacuation orders lifted for Eastbank Plaquemines Parish, New Orleans areas outside levee

Evacuations for parts of southeast Louisiana are being lifted Wednesday as conditions continue to improve after water was pushed onshore due to Hurricane Sally.

New Orleans leaders say the Flood Protection Authority has reopened the Highway 11 and Highway 90 roadway gates.

Evacuations outside the levee protection system are no longer in effect.

Areas of Lakeshore Drive are also reopened.

The FPA says Lakeshore Drive is now open from Robert E. Lee to Shelter #1 and from Marconi to Elysian Fields.

Shelter #1 to Marconi remains closed as does Elysian Fields to Seabrook due to water in the roadway.

A mandatory evacuation order for the Eastbank of Plaquemines Parish has also been lifted.

Parish leaders made the announcement Wednesday morning.

The evacuations were due to potential impacts from Hurricane Sally.

Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday as a category 2 hurricane.

Maximum sustained winds were 105 mph at landfall with a minimum central pressure of 965 mb.

There have been 20 named storms so far in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

The season ends November 30.

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