December 28, 2018
Sandbag Location Opens in St. Tammany Parish
Due to the National Weather Service’s prediction of high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin, St. Tammany Parish Government will open a location for the distribution of sandbags on Friday, December 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 28, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, located at 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.
Residents in Low-Lying Areas Near Tchefuncte River Asked to Consider Voluntary Evacuation
The National Weather Service has informed us they are predicting high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin. Neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past, should be aware of the possibility of flooding tonight and into tomorrow, and those residents should consider voluntary evacuation. As we receive other assessments from the National Weather Service we will distribute their detailed information.
As of now, residents in low-lying areas in or around the Tchefuncte River, North of I-12 to LA Hwy 40 (including Park Lane), should consider a voluntary evacuation. For more information on river levels, please visit the National Weather Service website https://water.weather.gov/ahps/.
St. Tammany Parish Announces Emergency Declaration
St. Tammany Parish Government has made an emergency declaration in response to potential flooding in the Tchefuncte River basin. This declaration is a procedural process that enables Parish Government to better coordinate any and all local, state or federal resources necessary to support public safety.
Residents in neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flood waters in the past, should be aware of the possibility of flooding, and those residents should also consider voluntary evacuation.
Residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date on the forecast, and to cooperate with requests from emergency officials, and to obey any traffic signs and barricades indicating impassable roads and high water. If you feel that you are in danger, please make the decision to evacuate out of harm’s way. If you need assistance doing so, call 911.
Emergency Shelter to Open Friday Evening at 5 p.m. in Goodbee Area
Due to the National Weather Service prediction of high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin, St. Tammany Parish Government will open an emergency shelter, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, at Coquille Parks and Recreation beginning at 5 p.m. this evening (December 28, 2018). Coquille is located at 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area. Residents who would like to use this shelter are advised to bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.
Because of this potential flooding prediction, neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past, should consider a voluntary evacuation.