Parish President Chester Cedars has just attended a conference with the National Weather Service relative to Hurricane Delta. Based upon every “forecast conference” President Cedars has attended, there are two features about Hurricane Delta which remain certain:
1. It is a powerful storm which will likely be a Category 2 or 3 Hurricane at landfall; and,
2. The storm will strike the Louisiana coast.

As of this time, Hurricane Delta is predicted to make landfall Friday afternoon at approximately 1:00 P.M. Tropical storm force winds in excess of 40 MPH will be felt as early as 7:00 A.M. in our region. Landfall will likely be some point near Vermilion or Cameron Parish. Although St. Martin Parish is not in the direct path of the storm, its effects will be significantly felt within our Parish-both upper and lower St. Martin Parish.

As a Category 2 hurricane, we can expect Hurricane force winds in excess of 100 MPH. The rainfall associated with the storm is predicted to be 4-8 inches. The storm surge is expected to be 7-11 feet near or at landfall.

Everyone is encouraged to acquire enough food, water, and related storm supplies for 3 to 4 days if you choose to shelter in place for the storm. All vehicles should be fueled to capacity. Please be aware that the voluntary evacuation order issued by President Cedars is for lower St. Martin Parish only.

These are many of the measures which have heretofore been taken in preparation for the hurricane:
• Sandbag locations have been established as published on this website and will continue operating from 8:00 A.M. until 6:30 P.M. on Thursday.
• On October 6, 2020, President Cedars issued a State of Emergency for the entirety of St. Martin Parish.
• This morning, a voluntary evacuation order was signed for lower St. Martin Parish only.
• The St. Martin Parish Courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday.
• The Administrative offices of Parish Government will be closed Friday. We will continue operations until 5:00 P.M. Thursday.
• All public works employees are on emergency stand-by and will remain on that status.
• Public schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.
• Because of the size of the storm and its expected/forecasted impacts, a curfew will be imposed for St. Martin Parish beginning Friday. The exact times of the curfew will be published as the forecast tract and the hurricane’s effects are more clearly defined. An announcement will be forthcoming in that respect tomorrow.

We will continue to monitor the Hurricane and will publish and post any updates on both its forecast path and intensity. However, President Cedars encourages everyone to commence storm preparations NOW!

Anyone with special needs or who otherwise needs assistance please call our OEP at (337)394-2808.