Storm evacuation not anticipated at this time

Sandbag locations are open

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Storm evacuation not anticipated at this time
As Tropical Storm Nate continues its path toward Southeast Louisiana, St. Charles Parish officials have announced they don't anticipate issuing an evacuation at this time.

On Thursday (Oct. 5), St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

The National Hurricane Center anticipates Southeast Louisiana will experience Nate's winds early Saturday and throughout the day.

Parish officials are 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.

In the parish, 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.

All sandbag locations will be open by 8 :30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). A complete list of locations is available at

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will have extra staff on duty throughout the event and is prepared to fully activate if needed.

All sandbagging locations in the parish will be open.

Sheriff Greg Champagne said the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is closely monitoring the potential for a weather event during this upcoming weekend. He added all St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement personnel have been placed on Hurricane Standby.

The parish's school system is monitoring the tropical weather system with the parish's EOC. System spokeswoman Stevie Croveto said the Destrehan High School football game will be held as scheduled.

Since the parish is expected to begin experiencing outer bands on Saturday, all school system activities scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled. 

However, the Destrehan High School homecoming dance scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed to next Saturday (Oct. 14.As a reminder, schools will be closed Monday (Oct. 9) for the previously scheduled Fall Break.

A determination regarding Monday's school practice activities will be made by Monday morning and communicated by individual schools. 

A determination regarding the opening or closing of the School Board Office on Monday will be made by Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Employees will be notified regarding Monday's status through the district's Blackboard Connect messaging system.

Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. 

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