News Release: 6/5/2020 St. James Parish President Dufresne Declares State of Emergency ahead of Cristobal
Convent, LA – President Dufresne has declared a State of Emergency in St. James Parish in preparation for Tropical Depression Cristobal. The St. James Parish Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring this storm, which is likely to make landfall late this weekend into early next week.
Heavy rainfall is the greatest concern for our area, which is estimated to be eight to ten inches through Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting Cristobal to regain tropical storm intensity as it moves though the gulf.
Residents should prepare home and business properties by securing objects that may impede drainage or become projectiles. Also, remove any debris from catch basins and storm drains. Residents should also monitor latest forecasts and local weather stations.
Four self-service sandbagging locations are open: Please bring a shovel to fill sandbags.
o Grand Point Fire Station- 32122 Highway 642 Paulina, LA 70763
o Vacherie Elementary School- 13440 Highway 644 Vacherie, LA 70090
o Gramercy Water Plant- 407 Highway 44 Gramercy, LA 70052
o Lutcher Maintenance Barn- 1132 Lutcher Avenue Lutcher, LA 70071
St. James Parish officials are monitoring weather conditions and have been in contact with the National Weather Service and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security to receive the latest weather forecasts.
Notifications will be posted as new information is received and as forecast changes. Stay tuned to the St. James Parish website and the St. James Parish Facebook page for the latest releases. To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit www.stjamesparishla.gov and click on 'Notification Alerts” button on the homepage.