This afternoon, Parish President Chester Cedars attended the 4:00 P.M. conference with the National Weather Service relative to Hurricane Delta. Based upon every “forecast conference” He again advises that there are two features about Hurricane Delta which remain certain:
1. It is a powerful storm which will likely be a Category 2 Hurricane at landfall; and,
2. The storm will strike the Louisiana coast.
As of this time, Hurricane Delta is now predicted to make landfall Friday at approximately 7:00 P.M. Landfall will be on the eastern boundary of Cameron Parish at which time the storm will travel in a northeaster direction towards Central Louisiana. Although St. Martin Parish is not in the direct path of the storm, we will experience Tropical Storm force winds in excess of 40 commencing between noon and 1:00 P.M. and lasting throughout the night.
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 5-7 inches. The storm surge is expected to be 7-11 feet in Vermilion Parish.
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.
Developments of which you should be aware are outlined as follows:
-Sandbag locations have been established as published on this website will remain open until 11:00 Friday.
-President Cedars has issued a curfew from noon tomorrow (Friday) until 8:00 A.M. Saturday which coincides with the projected time Tropical Force winds will be experienced in the Parish.
-The St. Martin Parish Courthouse will be closed Friday.
-The Administrative offices of Parish Government will also be closed Friday. However, any issues can be reported by calling our OEP at 337-394-2808 or the Parish office at 337-394-2200.
All public works employees are on emergency stand-by and will remain on that status.
We will continue to monitor the Hurricane and will publish and post any updates on both its forecast path and intensity. Moreover, additional information will be shared as circumstances dictate.
Again anyone with special needs or who otherwise needs assistance please call our OEP at (337)394-2808.