St. Mary Parish readies for potential TS Isaac effects
Parish officials have been meeting today to coordinate plans in advance of the possible approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.
St. Mary President Paul Naquin declared a state of emergency this morning, but there are not yet any plans to call for an evacuation.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard said all public schools in the parish will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
As of press time, all local governments were planning to remain open.
“We may call a mandatory evacuation for parts of the parish south of the Intracoastal Waterway,” said Duval Arthur, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director. Those areas would include Burns and Cypremort points.
A spokesperson from the National Weather Service said those areas can expect a 3-4 foot surge if Isaac stays on its current track.
Duval said plans to make a shelter available to those who want to voluntarily evacuate would be announced later today.
The Levee District has a contractor on standby to closeup the temporary flood control structures on the Franklin and Hanson canals and Yellow Bayou, according to Executive Director Hilary Thibodeaux. He said the district board would be meeting at noon today to declare the necessary state of emergency to allow that work to begin.
Parish officials will be meeting at various scheduled times today with conference calls with the National Weather Service and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
In Franklin, sand and bags are available at the City Public Works Complex, 1300 Iberia St., Director of Administration Karen LeBlanc said.
Residents will have to bag the sand themselves.
Baldwin Mayor Wayne Breaux said officials are “continuing to monitor Isaac. We are preparing as a municipality, and individuals should start some preparations anyway.”
Breaux said at present he doesn’t foresee problems in the lower-lying areas of Baldwin, but will continue to monitor the storm for any changes in that situation.