Parish braces for tropical depression; heavy rains, winds

A slow-moving tropical depression was slogging toward the Gulf coast Friday, packing walloping rains that could drench the region with up to 20 inches.

Locally, Franklin Mayor Raymond Harris said sand bags are available at the city warehouse on Iberia Street.

The mayor asked the residents not to drive on flooded streets, which causes water to move outward, possibly into homes.

“Please don’t go sightseeing,’ Harris said. “Stay indoors as much as possible.”

Harris said the pumps in Pecan Acres, one of the city’s most problematic areas in heavy rainfall, are working and standing by.

“We’re about as ready as we can be,” he said.

St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin declared a state of emergency this morning as a precaution.

Naquin said the parish is not so much concerned with the predicted rainfall since it will be spread out over three to four days which drainage and pump systems should be able to handle.

He added that the parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office is monitoring forecasts from the National Weather Service on a potential storm surge.

Pertinent information from that office will be posted on its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Mary-Parish-Office-of-Emergency-Prepare....

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