St. Charles Parish Announces Mandatory Evacuations Ahead of Hurricane Ida

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HAHNVILLA, Louisiana – On Friday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center announced that Ida had strengthened into a hurricane. The president of St. Charles Parish held a press conference to announce the mandatory and voluntary evacuations in the parish.

St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell has ordered a recommended evacuation for all of St. Charles Parish and a mandatory evacuation for areas with limited levee protection, including Left Bayou Island, Kerry’s Point , Cajun Paradise and Lower Germans. Residents who choose to evacuate must leave no later than Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Ida will be a major hurricane when it makes landfall and will bring storm surges of 6 to 9 feet and the possibility of more than 10 inches of rain to St. Charles Parish.

The evacuation order begins Friday, August 27 at 1 p.m. For residents in need, assisted evacuations will begin on Saturday and should only be used as a last resort. Anyone needing to use assisted evacuation should call the Emergency Operations Center at 985-783-5050 today, Friday, August 27.

All government buildings and the courthouse will be closed on Monday, August 30 and will remain closed until storm damage is assessed.

Although not advised, residents who choose to stay should prepare for power outages lasting more than a week, which could hamper water and sewer services as well as the possibility of not having access to grocery stores and gas stations.

At this time, sandbag locations are open throughout the parish. Please bring your ID, only take what you need and bring your own shovel. A list of locations can be found here.

Boat launches will be closed throughout the parish at sunrise Saturday morning. Those from offshore are expected to arrive by 6:00 p.m. Friday. The sector gate will also be closed before the hurricane.

To sign up for emergency alerts, visit www.scpemergencyalerts.com. For more information about Ida and St. Charles Parish, please visit our website at www.stcharlesparish.gov, Cox Channel 6, UVerse Channel 99, or follow us on Facebook (@stcharlesgov) and Instagram ( @stcharlesgovernment).

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