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David A. Naquin, Director Courthouse Bldg, Rm 500
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA. 70538
337-828-4100 - Ext 135
 


David Hanagriff, Parish President
Courthouse Bldg, Rm 500
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA. 70538
337-828-4100 - Ext 500
Welcome to St. Mary Parish OHSEP
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Flood Warning continues for
The Atchafalaya River At Morgan City.
* until further notice...or until the warning is cancelled.



Tornado Watch from 4/18/2019 10:36 AM to 7:00 PM CDT

Flash Flood Watch from 4/18/2019 11:05 AM to 7:00 PM CDT


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SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE FROM
US NWS LAKE CHARLES
FOR WEDNESDAY 4/17/19 1 PM:

ST MARY IS CONSIDERED SOUTH CENTRAL...



The Storm Prediction Center has increased the coverage
of the enhanced (30%) risk of strong to severe storms
on Thursday, to basically be east of a line from Fort Polk/
Leesville to Lake Charles and Cameron. In addition, there
is a risk of strong (EF2+) tornadoes in this enhanced risk area.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in
the morning hours across southeast Texas and parts
of western Louisiana. There is a marginal (5%) to
slight (15%) risk of these storms becoming severe.
By the afternoon, we are expecting a line of
thunderstorms moving west to east across the
remainder of southwest, central, and south central
Louisiana. This will be the timing of when we could
see the higher tornado threat, between noon and 6 pm.

Winds will be strong out of the south or southeast during
the day Thursday, with gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range.
With this strong onshore flow, we will likely see some
minor coastal flooding, especially during high tide
on Thursday.

Roger

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

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PLEASE NOTE ST MARY IS CONSIDERED SOUTH CENTRAL..
TIMING FOR SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED BETWEEN
NOON AND 6 PM THURSDAY..

PLEASE TIE DOWN LOOSE OBJECTS, SUCH AS: GARBAGE
CANS, PATIO FURNITURE, PLANTS, ETC. MINOR
FLOODING MAY OCCUR ALONG THE COAST CYPREMORT
POINT AND BURNS POINT AREA WITH STRONG SOUTH
WINDS AND HIGH TIDE...

NOT EXPECTING HEAVY RAINS BUT PLEASE BE MINDFUL
IF STREET FLOODS TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN AND
ALSO WAKES MAY PUSH WATER INTO HOMES.








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HIGH WATER ADVISORY:

St. Mary Parish OHSEP along with other agencies are currently
monitoring water levels along the Atchafalaya River. A State
of Emergency Declaration was signed by Parish President
David Hanagriff on March 7th 2019 due to the National
Weather Service has issued flood warning along the length
of the Mississippi River with predicted river crests well
above flood stage in many locations which, combined
with recent weather and forecasted weather conditions
across the middle of the nation, create the potential for
flooding along the Mississippi River and other tributaries
thoughout the State of Louisiana.

Camp and property owners in flood prone areas need to
take action now to protect and secure property. As the
water rises and the current strengthens, it makes
traveling in high water areas more and more dangerous.
Don't risk your life or potentially the lives of others by
waiting until the last minute. Also, remember that
anything floating needs to be tied off properly.

Travel is prohibited on all levee roads, crowns, slopes,
and bases. Those trespassing by riding or crossing on
levees in areas not designated for public use are subject
to criminal penalties. Any vehicles parked in those
areas will be towed. The St. Mary Levee District will
work to protect the integrity of the levee system.

Because of the higher level of the Atchafalaya River and
surrounding waterways, there is the potential for property
damage to occur from wakes caused by boats. Boaters
in areas of high water should slow down. Be mindful of
your wake and the potential damage you could cause.

Commercial traffic will operate under high water
restrictions as issued by the United States Coast
Guard.



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Severe Storms Awareness Week: Tornadoes
Watch vs Warning- Do you know the difference?
A tornado WATCH means BE PREPARED.
A tornado WARNING means TAKE ACTION.
If there is a tornado watch pay extra close
attention to the weather and be ready to act,
because tornadoes are possible. If there is a
tornado warning, find shelter immediately,
and move to an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building, because a tornado
is occurring or will shortly. Avoid windows
and cover your head to protect yourself from
flying debris.Take Action! Acting early
helps to save lives!
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tornado/ww.shtml
#SpringSafety

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at Morgan City






ST MARY PARISH HURRICANE GUIDES ARE LOCATED IN THE LOBBY OF THE ST MARY PARISH
COURTHOUSE BUILDING LOBBY OR ROOM 105 OR 107, 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 .




Have you developed your disaster plan? Start today. You never know when the unexpected will happen. Be prepared; develop your emergency kit!

Ready.gov - FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness






Go to this link for St Mary Parish School updates:




http://www.stmaryk12.net




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
4/18/19:

Storms will be exiting south central Louisiana
later this afternoon or early evening. The wind
advisory, coastal flood advisory, flash flood watch,
and tornado watch will all be over by this evening.
Dry weather is expected tonight through the weekend.

Next Wednesday and Thursday will be the timing of
the next cold front and possible heavy rain and/or
severe weather.

Low temperatures will run below normal Friday and
Saturday, before returning to near normal Sunday
and Monday.

Tides will run below normal tonight and Friday behind
the cold front. Tides will run above normal next week
with the moderate onshore flow.

Roger

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



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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.

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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!!
PLEASE NOTE:  HOME AND OFFICE

LANDLINE PHONES ARE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR
CODE RED ALERT SYSTEM!!!


 

 
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