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Duval H. Arthur, Jr., Director
Courthouse Bldg, Rm 500
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA. 70538
337-828-4100 - Ext 135
 


Paul Naquin, Parish President
Courthouse Bldg, Rm 500
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA. 70538
337-828-4100 - Ext 500
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Waterway Advisory - The portion of Bayou Teche that was
closed due to an oil spill late last month has been re-opened
with some restrictions. The waterway is now open to vessel
traffic. However, there is a no wake zone (idle speed only)
in effect between the buoys.


PSC has set up a hotline for those affected
by the oil spill.











at Morgan City















Public Notice: St Mary Parish Levee District will be closing
Hanson Canal Flood Gates Today, Monday, January 11, 2016


Timeline from St Mary Parish Sheriff's Office:

03/28/2016

6:39 am

MORNING UPDATE: Louisiana State Police Haz Mat has evaluated
the situation this morning and has lifted the shelter in place advisory
for residents. Highway 87 is noe open. The portion of Bayou Teche
affected by the spill is absolutely off limits and is closed to vessel
traffic. Please stay out of the bayou.

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10:49 pm

UPDATE:The advisory to shelter in place remains in effect for
residents on LA Highway 182 and LA Highway 87 from the Sorrel
Bridge (St. Mary Co-Op) to one mile east of the Adeline Bridge.
Clean up crews are continuing to work overnight to contain the spill.
DEQ is monitoring air quality in the area. LA Highway 87 is closed
to traffic from the Adeline Bridge to the Sorrel Bridge. That section
of waterway is also restricted to vessel traffic. St. Mary Parish
Sheriff's deputies will be patrolling the area throughout the night.

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Charenton-Sorrel Residents Advised to Shelter in Place - Chemical
Spill Under Investigation
7:35 pm

UPDATE: The advisory to shelter in place remains in effect for
residents on LA Highway 182 and LA Highway 87 from the Sorrel
Bridge (St. Mary Co-Op) to one mile east of the Adeline Bridge.
Clean up crews are continuing to work overnight to contain the
spill. DEQ is monitoring air quality in the area. LA Highway 87
is closed to traffic from the Adeline Bridge to the Sorrel Bridge.
That section of Bayou Teche is also restricted to vessel traffic.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies will be patrolling the area
throughout the night.

Original Release: Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that deputies
are responding to a chemical spill in Bayou Teche near the
Adeline Bridge. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office received
a report of a substance in the water at 5:30 this evening.
Preliminary information from the site indicates that the chemical
is petroleum based. Deputies have identified a source of the
chemical which has been cut off and secured. However, the
situation remains active. Fire personnel are standing by. As
a safety precaution, residents in the area are advised to
shelter in place at this time. Agencies including the US Coast
Guard and Louisiana State Police Hazardous Material Unit are
also responding. Water plant facilities along the Teche have
been notified. Oil boom is in place to contain the spill. Road
traffic on Highway 87 and water vessel traffic east and west
of the spill area is being restricted at this time.











Bayou Chene Flood Control Project








MESSAGE FROM ST MARY PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT!
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Bayou Chene at the flood control project 1/13/16

2016 St. Mary Parish High Water Event - Advisory IV

This morning, the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City was
at a stage of 8.1 feet. This is in line with the National
Weather Service's prediction that the river would crest
at about 8 feet on or around January 23, 2016. The water
level is then forecasted to begin falling. Predictions are
subject to change daily and residents should monitor
the situation regularly.

Deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office are
continuing to keep an eye on the rising water and the
levee system across the parish. We again remind the
public that traveling on all levee roads, crowns, slopes,
and bases are prohibited.

- The US Army Corps of Engineers and St. Mary Levee
District are continuing to conduct daily inspections of
the levee system here in St. Mary Parish.

- The Bayou Chene flood control project is completed
and is functioning successfully.

- The Charenton Beach boat launch is closed. Other
public boat landings in St. Mary Parish will remain
open for as long as possible.

- The St Mary Parish Levee District has closed the
Hanson Canal flood gates. The parish will continue
to monitor water levels there as well as the Yellow
Bayou and Franklin Canals.

- The higher waters forecasted for the Atchafalaya
will not significantly affect water levels on Bayou Teche.

- Vessel traffic is being monitored by the United
States Coast Guard. The USCG has said no closures
are expected with the current forecast.

- If you see something that you believe may lead
to a potential flood threat, say something. Contact
info for the St. Mary Parish OHSEP and the St. Mary
Levee District can be found in the resources below.

Resources:

- Current river levels and forecasts can be accessed here,
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/?n=atchafalayariverbasin
- The National Weather Service Watches and Warnings can
be found for your area at http://www.weather.gov


- Information from the US Army Corps of Engineers can
be viewed here, http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/
and on social media.

- U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City has
a Facebook page with links and other information on
vessel traffic restrictions.

- The St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security website is
http://stmaryohsep.org/
You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

- The St. Mary Levee District's website is, http://smld.org

- The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office website is www.stmaryso.com
We also maintain a Facebook and Twitter account.





Deer Hunting Closure in Atchafalaya Basin Could Come Friday Due to Rising Flood Waters

NoHuntingJan. 5, 2016 – Rising flood waters in the Atchafalaya Basin could triggeran automatic deer hunting season closure in parts of Deer Area 9 as early as Friday (Jan. 8).

The High Water Benchmark Closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in Title 76, will close deer hunting in an area of the Atchafalaya Basin in portions of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes when the flood gauge reaches 18 feet at Butte LaRose. That benchmark water level is expected to be reached either Friday or Saturday (Jan. 9).

The area encompasses those parishes south of I-10, west of the East Guide Levee, east of the West Guide Levee and north of U.S. 90.

The public is encouraged to monitor river levels this week prior to planning deer hunting in this area.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources.
For more information, visit us at: www.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org.


Deer Hunting Season to Reopen in Parts of Deer Area 9

Release Date: 01/29/2016

Jan. 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
(LDWF) is providing notice to deer hunters that deer hunting
season in parts of Deer Area 9 in the Atchafalaya Basin will
reopen Saturday (Jan. 30) when the Atchafalaya River gauge
at Butte La Rose falls below 18 feet.

The area encompasses Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary
parishes south of I-10, west and east of the Atchafalaya Basin
Protection Levees and north of U.S. 90.

The closure was necessitated when the flood gauge at
Butte La Rose reached 18 feet on Jan. 9. The High Water
Benchmark Closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries Commission in Title 76, automatically closes that
section of Deer Area 9 when the gauge hits the 18-foot mark.

Deer hunting season in Deer Area 9 is still open for primitive
firearms and archery. Primitive firearms season comes to a
close Sunday (Jan. 31) 30 minutes after sunset and archery
ends Feb. 15.

For additional information on this deer hunting season,
please contact Johnathan Bordelon @ 318-487-5885
or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .






ST MARY PARISH HURRICANE GUIDES ARE LOCATED IN THE LOBBY OF THE ST MARY PARISH
COURTHOUSE BUILDING LOBBY OR ROOM 111 OR 112, 1ST FLOOR. 

YOU MAY ALSO DOWNLOAD LA GOHSEP HURRICANE GUIDE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:

http://gohsep.la.gov/evacinfo/Emergency_Guide_v46b_7-1_4p.pdf



FOR ROAD CLOSURES PLEASE GOTO THE LINK BELOW:

http://lb.511la.org/lalb/



On October 10, 2013: Flood stages at four forecast points along the Atchafalaya River will be changed to better reflect flood impacts along the reaches of the river served by these forecast points.

The National Weather Service will change the river flood criteria at four locations along the Atchafalaya River to better reflect the flood impacts at the following locations: Butte La Rose, Melville, Krotz Springs, and Morgan City.

Morgan City

 New CriteriaCurrent Criteria
Action Stage

4 Feet

4 Feet

Flood Stage

6 Feet

4 Feet

Moderate Flood Stage

7 Feet

7 Feet

Major Flood Stage

12 Feet

12 Feet


These changes in the flood criteria will allow emergency managers in Avoyelles, St. Mary,St. Martin, St. Landry, and Iberia parishes to better serve the communities that would
be impacted by flooding. These flood criteria reflect input from the leaders of these parishes,
along with first responders, and citizens.

Important: These changes will not affect flood insurance maps or flood insurance rates for these locations. This will only affect the watch and warning criteria at this locations .




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Go to this link for St Mary Parish School updates:



http://www.stmary.k12.la.us/




The ALERT FM app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.
Below are the links that go directly to the ALERT FM app.

iOS: http://imap.tv/2k
Android: goo.gl/qwQyU




 
Current Radar


CURRENT RADAR FROM THE US NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES


 
Weekly Weather Update
WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES
5/26/16:

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting
scattered showers and thunderstorms to move east out of
Texas and weaken this evening as it goes through the
region. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is
expected on Friday and again on Saturday, with the highest
threat area being in southeast Texas, and the lowest
threat area in south central Louisiana. Between one to
two inches of rain could be seen in southeast Texas. There
is also a small risk for severe storms in southeast Texas
Friday and Saturday.

Sunday through next Thursday will bring smaller rain
chances each day, with seasonable temperatures.

Along the coast, expect to see tides continue the spring
season trend of running above normal through next week.
Minor coastal flooding could occur during times of
high tides.

Roger

--
Roger Erickson
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
Lake Charles, LA














































 
Get Tech Ready

According to The American Red Cross, the internet - including online news sites and social media platforms - is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.
 
Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs.

FEMA Text Messages

Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply).
Here are basic commands to get started:
  • To signup to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)

 
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
St . Mary Parish's
Emergency Notification
System

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/EE6068DD11C4


Link to register your cell phones and email ONLY!!
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LANDLINE PHONES ARE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR
FIRST CALL ALERT SYSTEM!!!


 

 
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