This afternoon, Parish President Chester Cedars, together with selected Parish staff members, attended several conferences regarding the tropical system in the Gulf. The key take-aways are that the system has now been upgraded to a tropical depression and landfall is expected at this time to be near St. Mary Parish as early as Friday morning, but more likely Friday evening, and then tracking northeasterly. The worst case scenario for our Parish, both upper and lower St. Martin, calls for 1-4 inches of rain from Friday evening to Sunday morning. As the Parish has previously posted, the National Weather Service (NWS) has scheduled regular twice-daily conferences with President Cedars’ Office and the Parish’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Although the impacts of this tropical system do not appear to be substantial, President Cedars has, out of an abundance of caution, nonetheless activated the Parish’s sandbagging sites commencing at 7:00 A.M. tomorrow, June 18, 2021. If the projections relative to this system become even more favorable, the operational dates and times of the sites will, of course, be revised and the public advised accordingly.

The sandbagging sites are identified as follows:

  • Ruth Barn located at 1035 Ruth Bridge Highway
  • Paul Angelle Park located at 2458 Cecilia Sr. High School Road
  • South Barn located at 1011 Capritto 40 Arpent Road
  • Clayton Boudreaux Memorial Park located at 1028 Catahoula Highway
  • Lower St. Martin Parish at the Stephensville Park and across the road from the Belle River Fire Station

Please be prepared to fill your own sandbags. Also, it is requested that the public limit the number of bags to 25 per vehicle. Normally, it takes only six bags to secure a door.

Anyone with any disability or who cannot obtain sandbags because of any sort of disability should contact the Parish’s Office of Emergency Preparedness at 337-394-2808.

We will continue to update the public as information is received.