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President Jewell Declares State of Emergency ahead of Cristobal
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.
Stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 or U-Verse Channel 99, www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements. Parish social media sites will be updated continuously on Facebook and Twitter (@stcharlesgov) or Instagram (stcharlesgovernment).
To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov and click on 'Emergency Alert System' on the left side of the page as well as 'E-Newsletters' at the top of the page.