President Jewell declares State of Emergency ahead of Cristobal

St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell has declared a State of Emergency in St. Charles Parish in preparation for Tropical Depression Cristobal.

The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring the track of the storm, which is currently in the central Gulf of Mexico. The storm is predicted to bring significant rainfall to the area through Tuesday and has a moderate chance of developing into a Tropical Storm by Sunday morning.

Residents should begin to prepare their homes for heavy rain and windy conditions by picking up and securing items around their homes, which could cause obstructions to drainage. Reports of debris piles or blocked culverts should be directed to the EOC at 985-783-5050.

Public Works crews continue to clear canals, ditches and catch basins throughout the parish and are ensuring all pump stations are prepared. Additionally, sandbag locations are open for St. Charles Parish residents and a map of those locations are listed here.

For more information on hurricane preparation, visit or Residents should also continue to monitor weather forecasts and the storm track.

To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit and click on ‘Emergency Alert System’ on the left side of the page as well as ‘E-Newsletters’ at the top of the page.

For more information on hurricane preparedness and to download a copy of St. Charles Parish’s ‘BE PREPARED‘ guide, visit


About Monique Roth 117 Articles
Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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