Rockefeller Refuge closed due to Hurricane Harvey

Cameron Parish orders mandatory evacuation south of the Intracoastal Waterway

Some Louisiana residents are already dealing with potential impacts from Hurricane Harvey — and the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge has already shut its doors until further notice in advance of the rapidly strengthening storm.

Friday morning, Cameron Emergency Operations Center ordered a mandatory evacuation of Cameron Parish below the Intracoastal Waterway, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The refuge, which consists of more than 76,000 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and Western Vermilion Parishes. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for more than 26 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge six miles from the Gulf.

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