The following is a news release from the parish:
The St .Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center is fully activated and taking actions in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is currently forecast to make landfall as a strong category 2 hurricane near Biloxi, Miss.on Tuesday.
The parish expects to see 105 mph winds with higher gusts and storm surges between 6 to 8 feet beginning Monday night and into Tuesday. The parish is currently under a hurricane watch.
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. at 10:15 a.m. declared a state of emergency due to Isaac.
Because of the threat of dangerous storm surge and widespread flooding, calls for evacuations are possible as early as this evening. Residents who wish to leave are encouraged to do so as soon as possible before an official evacuation order might be issued. Information on assisted evacuation will be forthcoming.
Through the duration of the storm the parish expects to experience widespread power outages as well as a loss of emergency and parish services.
Residents should begin preparing their homes for hurricane conditions, including boarding up windows, picking up items outside that could be blown by winds, clearing culverts and drains, etc. All sandbag locations are currently being stocked around the parish; please bring a shovel to fill bags. A list of locations can be found at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane.
Special needs assistance may be requested by calling (985) 783-5050.
In addition, public schools in St. Charles Parish have been cancelled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. Please call 1-800-ENTERGY for information on power outages.
Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements. The parish's social media sites will be updated continuously at www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov. To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov and click on 'Emergency Alert System' on the left side of the page as well as 'E-Newsletters' at the top of the page.
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.