St. Bernard Parish: 11am update

St. Bernard Parish officials continue to monitor TS Karen.  Although the latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows TS Karen has weakened quite a bit, residents are urged to remain cautious.

Bus services has been canceled for the day and is set to resume Monday, Oct. 7 and the Battle for the Bayou originally scheduled for tonight will take place Oct. 19. 

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office will have extra patrols during Tropical Storm Karen from early Saturday to early Sunday mornings – particularly in the areas outside the hurricane protection areas of easternmost St. Bernard – and a check point will continue at the junction to Yscloskey and Delacroix, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

"The extra patrols will be undertaken to make sure we have manpower in all areas in the event of a problem from the approaching tropical storm,'' Sheriff Pohlmann said, "as well as for extra protection for  property of residents.''

Also, a check point will continue at Reggio at the junction to Yscloskey and Delacroix Island in eastern St. Bernard and would remain there unless surge water rises to that spot, the sheriff said.

Weather forecasters say 2-4 inches of rain and winds of 25-35 mph or higher in some areas are possible from Tropical Storm Karen , Sheriff Pohlmann said.

People who live or have camps outside the levee protection system have been moving boats and vehicles to higher ground on Thursday and Friday, many parking camper vehicles on the sides of the Louisiana 46 Extension near the flood gate at Verret.

"Stay alert, keep up with weather reports and call the Sheriff's Office at (504) 271-2501 for any emergencies related to the storm,'' Sheriff Pohlmann said. He also said to take precautions for rain and wind so your property isn't damaged, including securing items on your property, clearing debris from drains near your home so they work properly and protecting garbage dumpsters so they don't spill over.

The Sheriff's Office is prepared for a rain event, said Sheriff Pohlmann, including having a new high-water truck that can be used for such purposes as helping people in localized street flooding or moving groups if officers to respond to an emergency.

Meanwhile, Parish President David Peralta has announced he will sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the parish, effective Saturday at 8 a.m., as a result of the forecasted conditions of the storm. Such a declaration would make possible state National Guard troops being sent into the parish to help with storm-related activities.

Peralta is calling for a voluntary evacuation for residents and businesses outside of the hurricane protection levee.

Also, Parish Clerk of Court, Randy Nunez has cancelled scheduled early voting on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a parish judicial race and early voting will resume on Monday, Oct, 7.

Residents can stay updated through local media and the sheriff's web site at, the parish government web site at, through Facebook and Twitter.

Also, residents should have an emergency kit ready with a flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid supplies, basic tools, and extra car keys if possible.

UPDATE: St. Bernard, La. - St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta has announced that he will declare a State of Emergency Effective Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. as a result of the forecasted conditions of Tropical Storm Karen.  

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be in full operation as of 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, October 5, 2013 and shall remain open until the termination of the State of Emergency.

A Voluntary Evacuation is called for residents and business outside of the Hurricane Protection Levee.

The Clerk of Court, Randy Nunez, has canceled Early Voting on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  Early Voting will resume on Monday, October 7, 2013.

St. Bernard Parish officials are closely monitoring TS Karen.  The latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows TS Karen losing some of its punch, but shifts the track further west before an eastward turn.

At this time, the impact to St. Bernard Parish may include:

  • Possible storm surge 3'-5' above normal in areas outside of the levee protection.
  • Potential for at least 2-4 inches of rain Friday night through Saturday night.
  • Potential for Tropical Storm winds or gusts, 35-45 mph winds in the western part of the parish and 55 to 60 mph in the eastern part of the parish. 
  • Possible loss of electricity
  • The parish's crews are out assessing roadways and all drainage pumps have been inspected and stations have been pump down in anticipation of the storm.  St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta encourages all citizens to take the necessary steps now to prepare your families, homes, and property in the event the parish is impacted by this or any weather event. 

  •  Clear debris from storm drains; pick up loose limbs, trash and lawn sign around their property.
  • Secure garbage cans – Progressive Waste will pick up Garbage on Saturday for the regular Saturday schedule.

  • Recreation Activities – Homecoming parade, courthouse and games have been postponed until Saturday, Oct. 12.   Friday night Mix League games will play as scheduled.
  • St. Bernard Parish Library – Closed on Saturday, October 5th.