Saturday, August 30, 2008

St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office Update Aug. 30

A Mandatory Evacuation is now in effect in St. Charles Parish.

Effective at dusk tonight, a curfew is in effect in the entire parish until dawn. This will continue until the emergency situation is over.

Naturally, we understand that some of you will be in the evacuation process after dark. Our focus on curfew enforcement will be in neighborhoods and on persons with no apparent reason to be roaming the streets. Anyone without a legitimate reason for being on the streets is subject to being detained and arrested.

Deputies will patrol all of the parish in numbers at least 3 times higher than normal as all available enforcement personnel will be utilized.

According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge is expected to flood large portions of the West Bank of St. Charles Parish with the strong possibility of flooding on the East Bank. This is if the hurricane continues on its present tract which is what the NHC tells us that it will likely do.

Ten to twelve inches of rain are also expected at this time.

I will continue to provide information via email to residents and hope to be able to provide you a message regarding conditions in the parish as soon as the storm passes. This is a result of battery operated satellite capability which we now have.

Anyone can register to receive these email messages from me by going to my website and registering on the home page.

We will also provide information via The SCSO website which is 

I strongly urge citizens to evacuate. You can rest assurred that our deputies will protect your homes and property to the best of our ability.

Sheriff Greg Champagne

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