St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell signed a declaration of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Sally, and has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all St. Charles Parish residents.
Jewell said there is a high-probability the storm will cause widespread power outages and inhibit the availability of crucial and emergency services.
“This is a storm everyone needs to take seriously. We are likely to see tropical storm force and hurricane strength winds for longer than Hurricane Katrina, a storm surge of 4-7 feet and the possibility of 20 inches of rain,” Jewell said. “We want residents to head our warnings and make preparations to leave now.”
The evacuation order is effective Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Assisted evacuations will begin Monday at 7 a.m. and should be used as a last resort. Anyone needing to utilize the assisted evacuation must call the EOC at 985-783-5050.
All government buildings and the courthouse will close Monday, September 14 and will remain closed until parish officials can assess storm damages.
“While it is not advised, residents choosing to stay should prepare for power outages for an extended period of time, which could inhibit water and sewerage services,” Jewell said.
Samantha de Castro, communications director for the parish, said residents who stay should prepare for power outages possibly lasting 7-10 days.