Sunday, August 31, 2008

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Update Aug. 31

August 31, 2008
For additional information contact Captain Patrick Yoes.

Gustav Update Sunday August 31st

We are preparing to hunker down later this evening until the storm arrives. We will patrol the streets until conditions become too dangerous for us to be on the roads.

The latest word we have is that the storm will make landfall about 20 miles west of Grand Isle on a Northwest path. Naturally, this could change in either direction somewhat.

This tract will cause substantial storm surge in the Barataria Basin in which the west bank of St. Charles Parish is located.

Computer models predict a best case scenario of 7 foot storm surge on the west bank in the event of a category 3 storm. A category 4 storm will seriously impact us with an 11 to 13 foot storm surge. Unfortunately many residents on the East Bank has chosen to ride out the storm despite predictions of a possible category 4 storm which have a high probability of challenging the EB protection levee.

9 to 10 inches of rain are predicted in SCP.

Last night we evacuated our jail and sent all prisoners to the Department of Corrections for holding. This will free up nearly one hundred additional deputies to protect your property.

Last night, it appears citizens complied with the curfew and our presence in neighborhoods was overwhelming. While we cannot guarantee that some incidents of theft or break-ins may occur, you can feel secure as far as your homes and property are concerned.

I will attempt to send an email alert tomorrow as soon as conditions make it safe for us to survey the damage, which is expected to be extensive. I will also try and post this first report on my home page at www.sheriffgregchampagne.com.

We are also told that the maximum storm surge level may actually occur after the storm passes us.

Please try and relax. We are here, morale is good and our deputies are dedicated to protecting you and your property.

5 comments:

POF said...

Sheriff Champagne

Thank you and your deputies for ALWAYS doing a great job of protecting the well being and property of the citizens of St. Charles Parish. Your dedication is greatly appreciated. Be safe!

rott said...

To our police protection in St. Charles Parish. You are all brave souls and you may never know how much you are appreciated for helping the residents. We pray for your safety and we look forward to getting back after the storm as soon as possible to thank you all. Thanks Sheriff Champagne to you and all of your professional protecting and serving our parish.

Sincerely,

Randal and Donna Ott
120 Choctaw Dr.
Luling, La. 70070

tmjones95710 said...

May God bless you all as you protect our homes and property. We thank you for your hard work and dedication. You are truly St. Charles Parish's finest! Thanks again and stay safe.

Timmy & Mindy Jones
116 Roseland Dr.
Luling, LA 70070

Chris said...

TO GREG CHAMPAGNE <--

GREG,
I MAY NOT KNOW ALL YOUR DEPUTIES BY NAME, BUT I KNOW THE DEDICATION OF THE WHOLE OF YOUR TEAM.
WE ARE THANKFUL TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR PROTECTION,SERVICE AND JUSTICE.
ABOVE ALL PLEASE BE SAFE WHILE EACH ONE OF YOU ARE DOING YOUR DUTIES.
YOUR FRIEND
Dr. DIMITRI

Chris said...

Is there anyway to know if our family members that chose to stay behind are okay? Thank you!

Anthea