St. Charles Parish remains under a mandatory evacuation due to the potential for dangerous storm surge, winds and flooding rainfall from Isaac. The latest forecast have the storm making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River and heading directly over St. Charles Parish as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of up to 100 mph. Intensity has increased from earlier advisories.
WE ARE ASKING EVERY TO PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Due to extreme traffic congestion the regular garbage pickup route will NOT be completed today. If your garbage has not already been picked up it WILL NOT be picked up today. Please secure any carts or roadside debris as they can and will become projectiles in high winds. Please remind your neighbors. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Through the duration of the storm the parish expects the potential for widespread power outages for an extended duration, as well as a loss of emergency and parish services. This also includes the potential loss of all sewer and water services.
Current forecasts call for the parish to begin experiencing tropical storm-force winds between 4 a.m. And 7 a.m. on Tuesday, with heavy winds and rain continuing for a potential of 48 hours. This will make travel on parish roadways extremely treacherous.
Rainfall predictions are currently between 6 to 18 inches through the duration of the storm.
Those wanting to evacuate can still safely do so overnight or in the very early hours Tuesday. State highways 3127 on the West Bank and 3125 on the East Bank are less-traveled and favored alternate routes. Those choosing to ride out the storm in-parish are asked to stay off the roads and stay inside.
The parish is currently under a hurricane warning and a flash flood watch. Pump stations will be monitored 24/7 throughout the storm, with the majority of pump stations having the ability to be monitored and controlled remotely via telemetry.
St. Charles Parish will allow re-entry immediately after the storm. However, if a certain area is heavily damaged by flood or wind damage making it unsafe to enter, those areas could be restricted for safety reasons. As a general policy, the parish will make every effort to allow residents to access their own private property.
There are no anticipated road closures in St. Charles Parish for the duration of the storm except in cases of dangerous conditions such as flooding or downed trees or power lines. Residents are able to move freely in and out of St. Charles Parish this evening and into tonight.
As per the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, a curfew will NOT be implemented for tonight, Aug. 27, however, anyone cruising neighborhoods is subject to being detained and questioned as to their intention. Anyone who is not in the process of evacuating should remain home, off the public roads, either in a vehicle or on foot. This will assist the Sheriff's Office in protecting neighborhoods and property.
The Sheriff's Office does anticipate that a dusk to dawn curfew will be ordered for Aug. 28 as the storm passes through. They anticipate by dusk on Tuesday power will be out and will remain out for several days.
- Because of announced road closures on Highway 90 at the Davis Diversion in Luling and Airline Highway at the St. Charles / Jefferson Parish line, residents may need to use alternate routes. Citizens may use I-310 to travel to and from Jefferson Parish. Also, the River Road, LA-18, may be used to RE-ENTER St. Charles Parish FROM Jefferson Parish. For up-to-date road closure information, visit http://lsp.org/roadclosure.html.
- For a list of recommended evacuation routes, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane and click on 'Parish Guide' then 'Evacuate.'
- Special needs assistance may be requested by calling EOC at (985) 783-5050.
- Please prepare your homes for strong winds and rain by securing outdoor objects, boarding windows and clearing drains and culverts
- Schools in St. Charles Parish are closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Parish offices will be closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Please call 1-800-ENTERGY for information on power outages.
Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.
Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements. The parish's social media sites will be updated continuously at www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov. To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov and click on 'Emergency Alert System' on the left side of the page as well as 'E-Newsletters' at the top of the page.
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.