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IF ANY ST MARY PARISH RESIDENT HAS ANY DAMAGES FROM
THE RAIN EVENT FROM FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016 THRU
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016 PLEASE CONTACT THE ST MARY
PARISH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OFFICE AT
337-828-4100 EXT 136... LEAVE NAME, ADDRESS,
PHONE NUMBER AND TYPE OF DAMAGE. THANK YOU.....
PLEASE MAKE CLAIM TO FEMA 1-800-621-3362 OR VISIT
SAND BAGS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ST MARY PARISH HANSON
BARN LOCATED HWY 182 EAST OF FRANKLIN... SAND BAGS
WILL BE LEFT OUTSIDE GATES FOR AFTER CLOSING HOURS..
CALUMET FLOOD GATE HAS BEEN OPENED ON WEST GATE TO
RELIEVE PRESSURE FROM RISING WATERS OF THE BAYOU TECHE.
SPECIAL WEATHER UPDATE FROM
US NWS LAKE CHARLES 082116:
The National Weather Service is expecting scattered
showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
As much as 1 to 3 inches of rain could be seen in isolated,
localized areas. A repeat scenario is expected on Monday.
We are still seeing major flooding on the Vermilion
and Mermentau Rivers, with minor to moderate flooding
on parts of the Calcasieu River. While the rivers have
crested in Mermentau and Lafayette, there is a lot of
water still moving to the coast, so some locations in
eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes could
see rising waters this week. Conditions will continue to
improve closer to the I-10 and US 90 corridors this week.
In the tropics, Fiona will remain in the Atlantic and pose
no risk to us. A tropical wave southeast of Fiona has a
medium (40%) chance of developing, and should reach
the Caribbean Sea by mid-week. A stronger tropical
wave coming off the African coast has a high (90%)
chance of developing, but it will remain in the Atlantic
Ocean this week.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
Lake Charles, LA
From US NWS Lake Charles 8/23/16 Facebook Page:
We're monitoring three different tropical systems this
morning as we continue to head towards the climatological
peak of hurricane season (Offical peak is September 10).
Tropical Storm Gaston formed yesterday afternoon and is
forecast to become a hurricane by tomorrow. The good
news is that Gaston is expected to remain far out over
the open waters of the Atlantic. Tropical depression Fiona
is barely holding on as a tropical system and poses no threat
to anything. The third system is a tropcial wave that the
National Hurricane Center currently gives a 60% chance
of development. This system, whatever it becomes, could
potentially impact the Bahamas and the Florida peninsula
this weekend or early next week and will bear monitoring.
BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY VIDEO FROM ST MARY PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPT
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.
SBA Update (Feb. Tornado Outbreak)-
SACRAMENTO, Calif. –
Director Michael Ricks of the
U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Louisiana
District Office today reminded businesses and residents
of the July 5, 2016, deadline to apply for an SBA federal
disaster loan for property damage caused by the
severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds
that occurred Feb. 23-24, 2016.
According to Ricks, businesses of all sizes, most private
nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may
apply for SBA federal disaster loans to repair or replace
disaster-damaged property. SBA can also lend additional
funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect,
prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage
from occurring in the future.
These low-interest federal disaster loans are available
in Ascension, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson,
Lafourche, Livingston, St. Charles, St. James, St. John
the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tangipahoa and
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations
may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged
or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment,
inventory, and other business assets.
In addition, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans
(EIDLs) to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives,
small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private
nonprofit organizations of any size to help meet working
capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is
available regardless of whether the business suffered
any property damage. The deadline to apply for an SBA
economic injury disaster loan is Feb. 6, 2017.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners
to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.
Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000
to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses,
2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and
1.813 percent for homeowners and renters with terms
up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA
and are based on each applicant's financial condition.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan
Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at
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:
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.
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.
Charenton-Sorrel Residents Advised to Shelter in Place - Chemical
Spill Under Investigation
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!
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.
- Current river levels and forecasts can be accessed here,
- 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
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
Jan. 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 [email protected] .
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:
FOR ROAD CLOSURES PLEASE GOTO THE LINK BELOW:
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.
| ||New Criteria||Current Criteria|
|Moderate Flood Stage
|Major Flood Stage
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 .
Have you developed your disaster plan? Start today. You never know when the unexpected will happen. Be prepared; develop your emergency kit!
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Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness