HURRICANE IKE PRESENTS STORM SURGE CONCERNS IN ST. CHARLES PARISH
Hurricane Ike Statement #1 - 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2008
Though Hurricane Ike is currently located approximately 220 miles South of the mouth of Mississippi River and projected to make landfall near Houston, Texas, St. Charles Parish is preparing for the threat of storm surge flooding.
St. Charles Parish is now under a tropical storm warning. This means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 24 hours. A coastal storm surge of 5 to 7 feet is expected on the West Bank, with 1 to 2 inches of rainfall expected across the parish through Sunday evening. Sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph can be expected, as well as gusts of up to 45 mph.
The parish is also under a coastal flood warning until 6 p.m. Friday.
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. this morning signed an emergency declaration for the parish. St. Pierre and officials with the St. Charles Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are monitoring Ike's progress, and work has begun to shore up vulnerable areas along the Sunset Drainage District Levee on the West Bank. Flood control tubes remain in place in this area.
Due to the potential of rising water, isolated evacuations in areas south of Highway 90 may be necessary if conditions exist for an imminent flood.
The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center has been activated under alert status.
Additionally, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is asking that local traffic on FRIDAY be restricted to necessary travel only because of dangerous tropical storm force winds.
St. Charles Parish residents are urged to stay tuned to Cable Channel 6, www.stcharlesgov.net and 1370 AM for further updates.