Lafourche, Terrebonne declare states of emergency due to Cindy

Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have declared states of emergency in response to Tropical Storm Cindy’s approach.

At 3:15 p.m., Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove signed a declaration of a state of emergency for Terrebonne. At a special meeting today at 4:30 p.m., the Terrebonne Parish Council voted to approve the declaration and approved an emergency ordinance to transfer $561,000 from the parish’s emergency contingency fund to address any issues related to the storm. Around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle declared a state of emergency for Lafourche.

Cindy, which became a tropical storm earlier today, is projected to make landfall along Louisiana’s west coast. However, the National Weather Service still forecasted 3-6 inches of rain with potential for 10-15+ inches in southeast Louisiana, with tide riding 2-4 feet above normal.

Levee district officials in both parishes have been closing floodgates in response to Cindy’s approach. As of 4 p.m., eight of 12 of Terrebonne’s floodgates are closed, with the other four in “pending” status, according to the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District’s website. The four pending floodgates are the Bayou Pointe-Aux-Chenes, La. Highway 56 Roller Gate, Houma Navigation Canal Bubba Dove and Bayou Grand Caillou floodgates.

The South Lafourhce Levee District announced the Larose Floodgate remains closed, with scheduled openings each day at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with a 2 a.m. opening only made if requested at least one hour in advance. The Leon Theriot lock, south of Golden Meadow, is locking in vessels at 30 minute intervals on the hour and half-hour. The gate on Delta Farms Rd. remains open at this time.

Residents are asked to clear out catch basins to improve drainage before the strongest sustained rains hit on Wednesday and Thursday. Both parishes are offering multiple locations for sandbag pickup. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels to fill sandbags, although Lafourche is offering residents a limited number of pre-filled sandbags.

Terrebonne sandbag locations:

  • Bobtown Fire Station
  • Mechanicville Gym – 2814 Senator St., Houma
  • Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center – 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma – (985) 850-4657
  • Upper Dularge Fire Station – 1767 Bayou Dularge Rd., Bayou Dularge
  • Bayou Black Fire Station – 2820 Savanne Rd.
  • Adult softball complex on the airbase
  • St. Ann’s Catholic Church – 4355 La. Hwy 24, Bourg – (985) 594-3548
  • Ward 7
  • Cannata’s Supermarket parking lot – 6307 West Park Ave., Houma
  • Devon Keller Memorial Center – 5575 Bayou Black Dr., Gibson
  • West Terrebonne Central Fire Station – 116 Mary Moss, Gibson
  • West Terrebonne East Fire Station – Gibson

Lafourche sandbag locations:

  • Thibodaux Field Office – 2565 Veterans Blvd., Thibodaux – (985) 446-0335
  • Choctaw Field Office – 122 Choctaw Barn Rd., Thibodaux – (985) 633-2410
  • Raceland Field Office – 129 Texas St., Raceland – (985) 537-3390
  • Lockport Field Office – 6236 La. Hwy 308, Lockport – (985) 532-6474
  • Bayou Blue Field Office – 104 Myrtle Place, Houma – (985) 876-5503
  • Galliano/Cut Off Field Office – 128 West 97th St., Cut Off – (985) 632-5670

Tropical Storm Cindy