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PRESS RELEASE

ST. CHARLES PARISH UPDATE - TROPICAL STORM LEE

ST. CHARLES PARISH (September 3, 2011) - St. Charles Parish is dealing with a handful of flooded streets and downed trees and powerlines this morning due to Tropical Storm Lee.

Street flooding has occured in the towns of Luling, St. Rose and Boutte. There are no reports of flooded homes in the parish and no road closures at this time.

St. Charles Parish continues to urge its residents to monitor weather reports and prepare for 10 to 15 inches of rainfall through Tuesday; and up to 20 inches in isolated areas. The parish will continue to see squalls pass through that could produce additional tornado warnings. Officials are asking residents to refrain from driving today, if possible.

Residents are asked to report any flooded streets, downed trees, power lines, debris piles and/or blocked culverts and drains to EOC (985) 783-5050.

In addition, residents are asked to refrain from sewer usage, such as clothes washing, dishwashing, etc. to prevent sewer backups within the parish.

Residents should also have an emergency supply kit stocked with nonperishable food, water and flashlights to be prepared for the possibility of power outages. As of 9:30 a.m., Entergy was reporting about 140 customers out of power in St. Charles Parish.

Parish drainage and wastewater crews have been placed on emergency shifts and are monitoring drainage and pump station operations continuously. All pumps have been inspected and are operational.

Sand and sandbags are available at over 30 locations around the parish. A list may be found at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane. Residents should bring their own shovel to fill bags. Please keep in mind that those living in low-lying areas that have flooded before are most vulnerable to repeat flooding.

It is ILLEGAL to drive through flooded streets at a high rate of speed, which could possibly send flood waters into homes. It is also illegal for anyone other than residents to drive onto barricaded streets.

Please report power outages to Entergy at 1-800-ENTERGY.

The parish remains under a flash flood watch through Sunday evening and a tropical storm warning until Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Saturday.

Stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM for further announcements. Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.

For more information about storm readiness, visit www.getagameplan.org or www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane. The St. Charles Parish Public Information Office is posting photos, video and other updates to its Emergency Blog at stcharlesgov.blogspot.com.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.


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