The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center continues to closely monitor the area of disturbed weather in the central Gulf of Mexico and asks residents to be prepared for a heavy rain event that could produce flash flooding.
At this time, forecasts call for heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches with 15 to 20 inches in localized areas throughout the weekend or longer. Winds of 25 to 35 mph are also possible, along with tropical funnel clouds or water spouts. Tides are expected to be at least 2 to 3 feet higher than normal.
The Department of Public Works has pre-staged flood fighting equipment and barricades and has its crews on standby due to the potential rain impacts from this system. Personnel spent today refueling pumping stations and pumping down canals.
Residents should clear drains and ditches around their homes and businesses to ensure proper drainage. Residents should also have an emergency supply kit stocked with nonperishable food, water and flashlights to be prepared for the possibility of power outages.
Sand and sandbags are available for St. Charles Parish residents at the West and East Bank Bridge Parks in Luling and Destrehan. Residents should bring their own shovel to fill bags. Please keep in mind that those living in low-lying areas that have flooded before are most vulnerable to repeat flooding with this tropical system.
Residents are asked to report flooded areas and downed power lines or trees to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050. It is ILLEGAL to drive through flooded streets at a high rate of speed, which could possibly send flood waters into homes.
Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM for further announcements. Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.
More information will be forthcoming, as forecasts remain uncertain about this particular weather system. The parish remains under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about storm readiness, visit http://getagameplan.org.