As Tropical Storm Gordon begins its expected path through Florida and the Gulf Coast, emergency personnel in the Acadiana region are preparing for the potentially heavy rain associated with the storm. Gordon is expected to reach the Louisiana-Mississippi coast early Wednesday morning.

ACADIA PARISH: All parish barns are now open until 5:00 p.m. Monday for sand bags. The parish barns are located in Iota, Branch and Crowley.

City of Crowley: Will begin providing sand bags Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Public Works Building.

Church Point (no decision)

City of Rayne: Officials are currently monitoring the weather as well as the drainage. They will open if the need arises

Iberia Parish will have sand and bags available to residents, but they must bring their own shovels to fill the bags at the following locations:

- B.O.M. Fire Station
- Grand Marais Fire Station
- Coteau Fire Station
- Delcambre City Barn
- Loreauville Park
- Jeanerette Fire Dept., Church St. location; Fire Dept. personnel will assist elderly or disabled citizens

Lafayette Consolidated Government has 2 self-serving sandbag locations, which are open 24 hours. Sand and bags are at each location, but residents must bring their own shovel and fill the bags themselves. There is a limit of 20 sandbags per household. Those locations are . . .
- The LCG Compost Facility at 400 Dugas Rd., off of North University
- The LCG South District Yard at 1017 Fortune Rd. in the Youngsville area

St. Landry Parish has 2 sites that open at 8 a.m. Residents must bring a shovel and fill their own sandbags at the Yambilee Building on W. Landry St. in Opelousas, and in Eunice at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion on Samuel Dr.

Be prepared to show identification.