Area code 985

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Area code 985 is the telephone area code for southeastern Louisiana, excluding New Orleans and St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The area code was created in 2001 when it was split off from area code 504.

Area code 985 also originally included areas southeast of New Orleans. However, after Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, much of this area switched back to 504. These communities are on both sides of the Mississippi River in "lower" Plaquemines Parish, including Pointe à la Hache on the east bank, with Port Sulphur, Buras, and Boothville on the west bank. This area is now being served from telephone switching facilities in New Orleans following near-total destruction of local switching facilities due to flooding from Katrina. Permissive use of 504 alongside 985 to reach these downriver communities once again began on July 29, 2007; mandatory use of 504 began on July 1, 2008.

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Louisiana area codes: 225, 318, 337, 504, 985
North: 601/769
West: 225, 337 area code 985; surrounds 504 East: 228, 601/769
South: 504, Gulf of Mexico
Mississippi area codes: 228, 601, 662, 769