DOTD urges evacuees to head north
Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 12:37:51 AM

Baton Rouge, LA - The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) advises drivers evacuating from south Louisiana to head north on I-55 or I-59 instead of traveling east or west on I-10.

As of 11 p.m. Saturday, traffic was extremely congested on I-10 from the Biloxi, Miss., area to the tunnel in Mobile, Ala.

Contraflow operations will be initiated on I-55 and I-59 at 4 a.m. Sunday morning, as part of the southeast Louisiana evacuation plan.

For the latest on Hurricane Gustav, you can visit or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.