Tropical storm force winds expected soon for St. Charles Parish

According to an update issued at approximately 4:30 p.m. by St. Charles Parish spokesman Tristan Babin, St. Charles Parish is expected to receive tropical storm force winds soon and driving will become dangerous.

Parish officials strongly discourage driving through high water.

Residents may report any debris piles or blocked culverts to EOC at (985) 783-5050.

St. Charles Parish officials are urging residents to monitor weather reports and remain at home if possible, according to parish spokesman Tristan Babin.

The Department of Public Works has inspected and cleaned ditches, catch basins and drainage infrastructure parishwide. The Emergency Operations Center is activated.

St. Charles Parish is under a tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning.

Babin said the Edward A. Dufresne Community in Luling will be open to the public as a shelter beginning at 4 p.m. today.

“We are opening the shelter to service our residents who may have not adequate or secure housing,” Babin said.

Babin said the parish does not anticipate issuing an evacuation notice for the storm.

Residents using the shelter, at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, are advised to bring bedding, pillows, medications, towels, baby supplies and any toiletries. Please limit to one bag per person.

All Parks and Recreation events have been canceled for Oct. 7.

All sandbagging locations in the parish are open.

Closures include the Sellers Canal Sector Gate near Pier 90 in Avondale; the animal shelter will be closed October 7; The Des Allemands Boat Launch at 399 Down the Bayou Road; and the St. Charles Council on Aging centers will be closed on Oct. 9.

 

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