Parish President Jewell declares State of Emergency

St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell declared a state of emergency Friday morning ahead of Tropical Storm Ida, which will enter the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow morning and is expected to be a major hurricane impacting the Louisiana coast by Sunday. St. Charles Parish residents can expect to see hurricane conditions Sunday morning.

“Yesterday Public Works started putting out HESCO baskets along Bayou Des Allemands and is checking all 56 pump stations, clearing storm drains and ensuring drainage systems are fully operational,” Friday’s press release from the parish stated. “All sandbag locations will be open by 1 p.m., today, Friday, August 27. Parish officials will be checking for IDs. Residents should only take what they need and bring their shovels.”

Parish sandbag locations include the following areas:

Parish – wide

East Bank Bridge Park

West Bank Bridge Park

District I

Hackberry Street southwest of the pump station between Gassen Street and Luling Estates Drive

Bamboo Street and Plantation Road

Across from 198 Keller Street

King Street behind the school

End of River Park Drive

School House Road near railroad tracks

Boutte Estates at the curve

District II

Willowdale Boulevard and East Heather next to the levee

Rex Street between Davis Drive and Evelyn Drive east of Pump Station Road

Sugarhouse Road and Angus Drive

District III

Red Church Subdivision

Ormond Fire House on Ormond Boulevard

District IV

Twin Bridge Road and Down the Bayou Road

LA 631 (Old Spanish Trail) behind the church

LA 306 at Badeaux Lane East

Grand Bayou Road and Sunshine Drive

District V

Fourth Street

Bar None Subdivision

Charles Towne Subdivision

Fairfield Subdivision

I-310 Service Road

Oakland Subdivision

Preston Hollow and River Road

River View

Dianne Place

District VI

Montz Recreation Park

New Sarpy Recreation Park

Norco Elementary School at the Spillway Levee

Norco Fire Station

Norco Adult Learning Center on 2nd Street and Apple

District VII

Parking lot of Lakewood Dr.

Valencia Street and Primrose Drive

Parish officials said all boat launches in the parish will be closed Saturday morning, August 28, and the gaps in Des Allemands HESCO baskets will also be filled.

“At this time, residents should refrain from putting out bulk debris,” the release stated. “While regular garbage services remain on schedule, bulk debris will inhibit Public Works from focusing on other storm-fighting activities. All residents are encouraged to gather emergency supplies, including food, water and medicine for at least three days; secure loose items around your home; make sure you are familiar with proper usage of your generator; and have a plan for your pets. As Tropical Storm Ida enters the Gulf of Mexico, residents should continue to monitor the weather and follow guidance from local officials over the next few days.”


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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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