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St. Martin Storm Prep

Hurricane season is here and we’re already seeing our first tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring heavy rains and potential flooding.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 8:50 PM

St. Martin, LA - Hurricane season is here and we’re already seeing our first tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring heavy rains and potential flooding.

Saint Martin Parish President Chester Cedars says they're preparing for a worst-case scenario.

"We started specific planning. We have a very general plan that we keep in effect year-round. But this morning we started specific planning for this particular storm assuming a worst-case scenario," Cedars said.

The east side of a tropical system is usually the strongest and due to Saint Martin’s unique topography, Cedars says they’ve essentially been preparing for two different parishes.

"On the east side of a storm of this nature, you’re going to face more consequences so we might not have serious effects up here in upper saint martin parish, but the reverse may be true in the lower part of our parish," he said.

Last month, severe storms brought historic flooding throughout parts of Acadiana. Cedars says there are concerns about this weekend's storm system because they haven’t fully recovered from last month.

"We have not yet fully recovered from what transpired during that eleven-day period of torrential rain. Our water tables are still high, our grounds are still saturated," Cedars said.

He says they feel well prepared, adding that you have to approach each storm accordingly.

"It’s like people, they each have their individual personalities. So, you have to react to what those personalities present themselves as being and that’s what we’re doing with this particular event."

Sandbagging locations will be set up and available by 7 a.m. Friday morning.

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