Local area ready for Isaac’s arrival

Tropical Storm Isaac is projected to reach hurricane strength before it makes landfall later today near Plaquemines Parish.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said visitation and other programs at the parish jail have been suspended Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sheriff’s office civil department locations in Franklin and Morgan City will also be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and the shooting range will not open for the rest of the week.

Hebert said patrols have been increased throughout the parish.

He said the sheriff’s department is prepared for the storm and as a member of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association is part of a network of state sheriff’s departments capable of providing aid and resources.

Information is being posted to the sheriff’s Facebook page at:


Franklin Director of Administration Karen LeBlanc said this morning that updates will be posted to the city’s Facebook and Twitter social media pages. They are:



Work is continuing on the closure of the Franklin Canal and is expected to be complete later today, according to St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin. The Yellow Bayou closure is complete and Alice C Road is closed for the duration.

Naquin said sand for bagging is available at the Amelia and Four Corners fire stations and at the public works facilities at the Hanson Canal and in Franklin.

A determination on whether to open shelters was to be made after a 10 a.m. conference call with parish officials and the National Weather Service, he said. Food and bedding would not be available if the shelters at Franklin Recreation Center and Berwick Civic Center open.

Updated storm information is also available on the St. Mary Parish Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Preparedness’s Facebook page at:


Public schools and the St. Mary CAA and Head Start centers are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

St. Mary Now & Franklin Banner-Tribune

Franklin Banner-Tribune
P.O. Box 566, Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: 337-828-3706
Fax: 337-828-2874

Morgan City Daily Review
P.O. Box 948, Morgan City, LA 70381
Phone: 985-384-8370
Fax: 985-384-4255

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