Parish leaders are asking residents to monitor the storm and be ready to act if a threat arises.
Jefferson Parish: With the storm moving as slow as it is, Grand Isle could be looking at some impact, according to Jefferson Parish Emergency Management officials. Starting around Sunday afternoon and going through Monday, possibly Tuesday, water levels could rise, with a worst case scenario of a storm surge of 4 feet.
Plaquemines Parish: President Billy Nungesser will be declaring a State of Emergency at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. Parish crews will begin sandbagging the levees in the Myrtle Grove area Sunday morning in anticipation of strong storm surges from Tropical Storm Debby. Sandbagging the Myrtle Grove area will help prevent the flooding of Hwy. 23 and surrounding communities. Low lying areas should be aware of heavy rain and flooding.
St. Bernard:St. Bernard Parish President David E. Peralta issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency as a result of the forecasted conditions of Tropical Storm Debby. President Peralta stated he wants residents to know that officials are in constant communications with the National Weather Service and surrounding key agencies to monitor the current weather situation.
There have already been reports of water over the roadways in parts of the eastern end of the parish. President Peralta urges St. Bernard residents to carefully monitor the weather and the media updates. 'Although the integrity of our levee systems is better than it has ever been, we want citizens to implement their individual emergency preparation plans,' said President Peralta.
Currently, St. Bernard Parish is operating at full drainage and pumping capacity. President Peralta said 'Drainage canals have been pumped down to add additional storage capacity.' Public Works' crews are implementing all emergency preparation plans and pre-staging additional pumps for problem areas.
The St. Bernard Emergency Operations Center opened as of 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 and shall remain open until the termination of the State of Emergency. Residents may contact the St. Bernard Parish Emergency Operations Center with any specific concerns at 278-4268.
It is highly recommended that owners of boats and trailers secure their property no later than Monday afternoon.
All residents should secure any loose items around their homes and pick up any debris that may cause obstructions to the drainage catch basins in their neighborhoods.
President Peralta urges residents who have not registered with St. Bernard Parish's Emergency Notification Service Provider, FirstCall, to do so immediately. The FirstCall Emergency Notification Service gives St. Bernard Parish the ability to provide the community with important, timely information about hurricanes and other high profile events occurring in the area.
These alerts will go to landlines, cell phones, SMS text messaging devices, email and pagers. Mass numbers of residents can be alerted with important information in five minutes or less. To ensure you receive these emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email, or SMS texting device, residents must sign up for the service. Residents can now register on line at at the bottom of the page. This is the direct link:https://alertregistration.com/StBernardParish/. Also citizens may call the office at 504-278-4268. You must provide the name of your cell provider when registering for FirstCall.
St. Tammany: Director of Emergency Preparedness Dexter Accardo said he doesn't expect major impacts from Tropical Storm Debbie. Judging from the current position of the storm and its track so far, there could be a Coastal Flood Warning along Lake Pontchartrain by Sunday evening. Worst case scenario, St. Tammany could get a storm surge of one to three feet and some rain. The parish will be watching the low lying areas on the eastern side of the parish including Lake Road in Lacombe and the Palm Lake subdivision in Slidell. There are no immediate plans to activate the Emergency Operations Center.
St. Charles Parish:The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center is preparing for possible wind and rain impacts from Tropical Storm Debby in the central Gulf of Mexico.
At this time, forecasts indicate that the parish could see winds of 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph beginning Monday night into Tuesday. Rainfall totals through Friday could reach up to 12 inches. Current forecasts also call for Debby to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall near Plaquemines Parish. Isolated tornadoes will also be a possibility.
Parish officials are urging residents to monitor weather reports closely as the National Hurricane Center has indicated there is uncertainty as to the forecast track of Debby.
Residents are asked to help clear drains and ditches around their homes and report any debris piles or blocked culverts to EOC at (985) 783-5050.
Vulnerable areas outside of levee protection are being monitored due to the potential for tides 3 to 5 feet above normal, including Bayou Gauche Island and along Bayou Des Allemands. Public Works crews will be completing flood-fighting efforts in those areas beginning Monday morning should the forecast remain unchanged.
The parish is also prepared to offer sand and bags for public use if necessary; an announcement will be forthcoming.
The Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City remains under a tropical storm warning.
Stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, www.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.
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.
Terrebonne Parish: In anticipation of Tropical Storm Debby, Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet has declared a precautionary state of emergency for the parish. This declaration was issued due to the uncertainty of the storm's current track and the potential for flooding on some roadways and low lying coastal areas. The National Weather Service is predicting that if the current track remains unchanged tides in some areas could reach 3 to 5 feet above normal.
Residents should continue to monitor local news outlets over the next several days for updates.
Residents are also reminded that sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:
Pointe-aux-Chenes Fire Station, Montegut Fire Station, Ward 7 Center, Grand Caillou Fire Station, Upper Bayou Dularge Fire Station, Lower Bayou Dularge Fire Station, Gibson East Fire Station, and the Eastside baseball complex located on the airbase.
Lafourche Parish: WHEREAS, the Parish of Lafourche is presently faced with an emergency due to the flood risk related to Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf Mexico, beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2012, Lafourche Parish President Charlotte A. Randolph declares a state of emergency in accordance with the provisions of the Louisiana Assistance & Disaster Act of 1993, as amended, and wishes to utilize its resources to the fullest extent; and NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY Lafourche Parish President Charlotte A. Randolph of Lafourche Parish, that it does hereby declare that under the authority of the Louisiana Emergency Assistance & Disaster Act of 1993, as amended, a state of emergency exists in Lafourche Parish.
State: Sunday, Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following executive proclamation declaring a state of emergency as a result of the forecasted conditions of Tropical Storm Debby.
STATE OF EMERGENCY TROPICAL STORM DEBBY
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of Louisiana emergency
powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or manmade causes, in order to ensure that preparations of this State will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the State of Louisiana;
WHEREAS, when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred, or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers him to declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, on Saturday, June 23rd, the National Weather Service upgraded the tropical disturbance 'Invest AL96' to 'Tropical Storm Debby' and issued a tropical storm warning in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City;
WHEREAS, as of 9 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Debby is located approximately 170 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with modeling that indicates the possibility of incremental strengthening and a continued northwest path toward the State through Sunday, June 24th, followed by a westward path parallel to the coast until landfall in southern Texas;
WHEREAS, the imminent threat of tropical storm conditions creating the potential for heavy rainfall in coastal parishes, coastal flooding and flash flooding in coastal and inland parishes caused by Tropical Storm Debby as it tracks westward off the coast of Louisiana creates a threat to the lives and property of the citizens of the State and justifies emergency protective measures to guard against such threats;
NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a state of emergency is declared to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of emergency conditions created by TS Debby that threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State.
SECTION 2: The Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration.
SECTION 3: The state of emergency extends for thirty (30) days from Sunday, June 24, 2012 through Tuesday, July 24, 2012, unless terminated sooner.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 24th day of June, 2012.