Here is the most updated information from St. Charles Parish Officials as of 4 p.m., Oct. 7:
The Edward A. Dufresne Community at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling will be open to the public as a shelter beginning at 4 p.m.
ONE BAG PER PERSON.
Personal medications. (Medications will not be available at the shelter.)
Personal and/or comfort foods. ◦
Needed toiletry items, especially for infants.
Books and games for the kids.
Pillows and blankets.
No weapons, drugs or alcohol allowed.
The parish is currently under the following:
Tropical Storm Warning
Storm Surge Warning
St. Charles Parish officials are also urging residents to monitor weather reports and remain at home if possible. The parish is expected to receive tropical storm force winds soon and driving will become dangerous. DO NOT drive through high water. Residents can report any debris piles or blocked culverts to EOC at (985) 783-5050.
The Department of Public Works has inspected and cleaned ditches, catch basins and drainage infrastructure parishwide. The Emergency Operations Center is activated.
This is the St. Charles Parish EOC with an important status update. We are currently under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. This means that we can expect severe weather, winds in excess of 75 miles per hour, and a rising of tide waters by Saturday evening.
The Parish is asking that all residents use available time to prepare for the incoming weather. Please clear your yards of debris, ensure all drainage conveyances are clean, and prepare for the possibility of extended power outages. Sandbag sites are established at the East Bank and West Bank bridge parks, as well as other locations throughout the parish.
St. Charles Parish does not anticipate issuing an evacuation for Tropical Storm Nate at this time. If this changes we will notify residents via media, stcharlesparish-la.gov, SCP-TV, social media and our emergency alert system that residents can sign up for at scpemergencyalerts.com
Parish President Larry Cochran has declared a state of emergency at 11:40 a.m. Oct. 5 in anticipation of impacts from Tropical Storm Nate.
St. Charles Parish officials are also urging residents to monitor weather reports and prepare for tropical weather Saturday and Sunday by clearing drains and ditches around their homes and making sure all items around their property be picked up or brought inside. Residents can report any debris piles or blocked culverts to EOC at (985) 783-5050.
The Department of Public Works has inspected and cleaned ditches, catch basins and drainage infrastructure parishwide. The Emergency Operations Center will have extra staff on duty throughout the event and is prepared to fully activate if needed.
By 8:30 a.m. all sandbagging locations in the parish will be open. A complete list of the locations can be found here http://stcharlesparish-la.gov/government/special-sections/hurricane-preparedness/sandbag-locations
Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. Parish social media sites will be updated continuously at www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com