Mathews, LA – General Manager of South Lafourche Levee District Windell Curole has reported that the Larose floodgates have been closed until further notice. The Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow are locking vessels in due to Lafourche Parish is starting to feel the effects of rising tides resulting from Tropical Storm Karen.
Lafourche Parish continues to stand ready as Tropical Storm Karen approaches land. Most of Lafourche Parish remains in NOAA's "cone" as of the latest report distributed by the National Weather Service. Winds are expected between 25-35 mph with rain up to 3" in the next 24 hours.
Lafourche Parish Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring the storm. The EOC team is prepared for any threats posed by Tropical Storm Karen. The EOC remains in continuous contact with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, NOAA, and the National Weather Service, State Police, Army Corp of Engineers, the National Guard and the Lafourche Sheriff's Office.
Department of Public Works reports that all pump stations are fueled and on standby in preparation for the rain. Parish field offices are open for sand bag distribution. Residents can pick up 25 bags and/or fill more on their own.
Residents should continue to prepare their homes for windy conditions and heavy rain. Please secure any items that can be blown around and make sure culverts and drainage ditches are clear. Trash can lids especially need to be secured as they are the most frequent reason for stopping the water flow.