- The National Weather Service predicts a crest at Morgan City of 8.0 feet on or around January 23, 2016. The water level is then forecasted to begin falling. Predictions are subject to change daily and residents should monitor the situation regularly. The latest forecast is lower than previously predicted.
- Working with the St. Mary Levee District to protect the integrity of the levee system, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert says, “There will be zero tolerance for anyone found on the levees or beyond the barricades. Any vehicles parked in those areas will be towed.” The Marine and Patrol Divisions are continuing to patrol the levees and monitor rising water. The public is prohibited from traveling on all levee roads, crowns, slopes, and bases. Those trespassing by riding or crossing on levees are subject to criminal penalties.
- The US Army Corps of Engineers has said, "Based on current Mississippi River forecasts and hydraulic modeling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not anticipate operating the Morganza Control Structure during this high-water event."
- The Corps and Levee District are continuing to conduct daily inspections of the levee system here in St. Mary Parish.
- According to the St. Mary Levee District, the Bayou Chene flood control project is progressing. The rock laying portion of the project is expected to begin later this week.
- The Charenton Beach boat launch is closed. Other public boat landings in St. Mary Parish will remain open for as long as possible. There are some areas of the levee system that is barricaded. Those areas are off limits to all forms of traffic.
- The St Mary Parish Levee District has closed the Hanson Canal flood gates. The parish will continue to monitor water levels there as well as the Yellow Bayou and Franklin Canals.
- The higher waters forecasted for the Atchafalaya will not significantly affect water levels on Bayou Teche.
- Vessel traffic is being monitored by the United States Coast Guard. The USCG has said no closures are expected with the current forecast.
- If you see something that you believe may lead to a potential flood threat, say something. Contact info for the St. Mary Parish OHSEP and the St. Mary Levee District can be found in the resources below.
- US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City has a Facebook page with links and other information on vessel traffic restrictions.
- The St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security website is http://stmaryohsep.org/ You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office website is www.stmaryso.com We also maintain a Facebook and Twitter account.
Current on Bayou Chene at the flood control project
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