Parish could flood if Gustav stays on current track

Emergency director urges residents to help those who need it

In a parish update, emergency operations head Tab Troxler urged residents to help family , friends and neighbors to evacuate if they need it. He said St. Charles Parish could incur a 13 foot storm surge if Gustav stays on its current track which puts the storm at the doorstep of Terrebonne Parish by Monday night.

In a parish update, emergency operations head Tab Troxler urged residents to help family , friends and neighbors to evacuate if they need it.  He said St. Charles Parish could incur a 13 foot storm surge if Gustav stays on its current track which puts the storm at the doorstep of Terrebonne Parish by Monday night.

“Our largest concern is for the West Bank which has no levee protection,” said Troxler, adding that the East Bank is not out of the woods. “There are several areas on the East Bank where the levee could be challenged if we get a 13 foot storm surge.”Troxler stressed that residents should evacuate as soon as possible.

“More parishes will be evacuating with this storm compared to Katrina, so traffic will become an issue.”

The emergency director said they are seeing a 30 to 40 percent increase in the number of persons calling for assisted evacuation and urged family, friends and neighbors to help those who need it. 

“We are enforcing a 2-bag limit on our parish evacuation busses,” Troxler said. 

Those who need parish assistance to evacuate can call 783-5050. Assisted evacuations will continue throughout the day on Saturday.

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