Tuesday Morning Update
I am very happy to report that it appears we have been spared from any tidal surge flooding. All the indicators last night looked badly and tides were rising rapidly, however early this morning, the gages reported that the surge was beginning to fall which should indicate that the flooding threat is over. This would not have been the case had the storm continued to be a strong Cat 3 or 4. We just missed it (FLOODING).
St. Charles Parish it appears has again been spared any major devastation.
Public works crews are working to clear streets of trees and power lines.
We are hopeful that this can be substantially completed by tonight.
Deputies are out in force patrolling the streets protecting property
If streets become passable we will later today make an announcement on general re-entry. Right now emergency responders and industry/ businesses essential employees are able to come in. We suggest I-55, then east on I-10, and then I-310.
If we make an announcement later today, everyone who chooses to return needs to know the following;
THERE ARE NO STORES OPEN
THERE IS NO ICE
THERE IS NO GASOLINE
THERE ARE POWER OUTAGES IN ABOUT 80% OF THE PARISH
THE SEWER SYSTEM IS NOT OPERATIONAL AND BACKUPS ARE POSSIBLE IF MANY PEOPLE BEGIN TRYING TO USE THE SYSTEM
WATER IS RUNNING AND MEDICAL CARE IS UNAVAILABLE IN SCP AND NOT AVAILABLE IN OUR SURROUNDING PARISHES. Please monitor news reports later today for more information.