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Slidell makes preparations for Tropical Storm Karen

10/4/2013, 5 p.m. update

The Slidell government has released information on sandbags.

The locations will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Locations include the corner of Pontchartrain Drive and Lee Street; the tennis courts located at Cleveland Avenue off Sgt. Alfred Drive; the parking area at the corner of Rue Rochelle and Independence Drive; John Slidell Park; and the VFW on Kaycee Drive. There is a limit of 15 sandbags per household.

10/4/2013, 10 a.m. update

Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan, members of the Slidell City Council and Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith met with city administrators and representatives from Acadian Ambulance, Atmos Energy, Charter, CLECO Power, IESI Progressive Waste Solutions, Ochsner Medical Center, Slidell Memorial Hospital and St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 this morning to discuss preparations for Tropical Storm Karen.

'I want to assure our citizens that Slidell is prepared for Tropical Storm Karen,' said Mayor Drennan. 'Lake Pontchartrain is expected to rise 2 to 4 feet, so city crews are preparing Hesco baskets in the event that we need to use them at Highway 11.'

The latest update from the National Weather Service shows that Tropical Storm Karen is moving north/northwest at 10 miles per hour with sustaining winds of 50 miles per hour. Karen is now predicted to make landfall as a tropical storm on Saturday evening, anywhere from the Louisiana Coast to the Florida Panhandle.

'Because of the unpredictable nature of Tropical Storm Karen, I am urging citizens make storm preparations now in the event of flooding and power outages,' said Mayor Drennan. 'Please secure trash cans and items in your yard, move debris away from storm drains, stock up on emergency supplies, listen to the news and stay informed. We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.'

Several city cultural events planned for the weekend have been postponed. 'Inspiration: the Works of Mary Christopher' opening reception on Oct. 5 in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall will be rescheduled for Friday, October 11. Sunday's Bayou Jam concert featuring Witness will be rescheduled for a later date.

Mayor Drennan and members of the City Council and city officials are working closely with the National Weather Service and will continue to monitor the storm. Another meeting is scheduled for this afternoon.

Updates will be provided on the City of Slidell's website, www.slidell.la.us, on the 'City of Slidell, Louisiana Municipal News' Facebook page and 'Slidell SOS' on Twitter. For more information about weather conditions, please visit the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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