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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release


Title:  NATCHITOCHES PARISH OFFICIALS MONITORING POTENTIAL IMPACT OF TROPICAL STORM HARVEY; PARISH STATE OF EMERGENCY ISSUED
Date:  08/29/2017

(NATCHITOCHES PARISH)-This morning, members of the Natchitoches Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, Natchitoches Parish Government, Natchitoches Parish School Board, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor's Office, Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court, Natchitoches Parish Registrar of Voters Office, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney's Office, Cane River Waterway Commission, Natchitoches Parish Levee District, Natchitoches Parish 911 District, Natchitoches Parish Fire Districts #5, #6, #9, Durham School Services, NSU Police and media attended a National Weather Service webinar in the OEP office concerning the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey that is anticipated to pass through or near our area on Wednesday afternoon lasting through Thursday morning with heavy rain and sustained winds of 25-30 mph gusting upwards to 40 mph according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office.



This will cause trees to fall causing power outages because of already saturated grounds because of recent rainfall.

Over 15,000 sandbags have been distributed to Natchitoches Parish residents at the Natchitoches Public Works Office, 110 Mill Street as of Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm.



SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...29.2N 94.3W
ABOUT 55 MI...85 KM SSW OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS
ABOUT 75 MI...115 KM SW OF CAMERON LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 30 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...994 MB...29.36 INCHES

Natchitoches Parish is under a Flash Flood Watch until 7pm Thursday:

Heavy rainfall, associated with Tropical Storm Harvey located
along the upper Texas coast, will continue to occur within the
strong outer rain bands extending well north from the center of
Harvey. These heavy rain bands may train over the same areas,
increasing the likelihood of flash flooding across deep east
Texas and north Louisiana. Rainfall amounts of 3-6 inches will
be common across north Louisiana with heavier amounts of 8-10
inches possible over deep east Texas and adjacent areas of west
central Louisiana.

* Flooding of roads, low lying and poor drainage areas will be
possible.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

This afternoon, Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin in conjunction with Natchitoches Parish Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Sheriff Victor Jones issued a State of Emergency Declaration for Natchitoches Parish.

Sheriff Jones stated our Office of Emergency of Preparedness is constantly in contact with and monitoring information from Louisiana GOSHEP and National Weather Service concerning Tropical Storm Harvey.

All of our deputies including reserve deputies, and other parish resources have been notified of the potential impacts of this storm stated Sheriff Jones. We are prepared and ready to respond to all calls for service and emergency situations if needed.

We ask that motorists not travel during this weather event. If you have to travel, drive carefully, pay attention to the roadway and avoid distractions. Remember Turn Around-Don't Drown on flooded roadways.

Sheriff Victor Jones, Parish President Rick Nowlin, NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, Superintendent Dale Skinner, Clerk of Court David Stamey, Parish Assessor Dollie Mahoney, Registar of Voters Deborah Waskom, 911 District Director Willis Carter including Command Staff from each agency attended the webinar.

Remain Storm Ready, have water, flashlights, batteries, emergency supplies, food, medication, gas, paper towels, lantern, kitchen matches, a weather radio and other essential items on hand for approximately 72 hours.


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