June 6 @ 3:30 p.m. – Cristobal Mandatory Evacuation, Update 7
GLPC STORM PHASE 4: MANDATORY EVACUATION
Tropical Storm Cristobal
Saturday, June 6, 2020
NOTICE: WATER ENCROACHING ON LOW-LYING AREAS ON LA 1 BELOW GOLDEN MEADOW LOCK
As Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches, Port Fourchon Harbor Police report that rising water levels are encroaching on low-lying areas of LA 1 and Old LA 1. Drivers should be especially cautious when traveling roadways soon to be overtopped in some areas. Water is approaching the fog line on the northbound shoulder just outside of Leeville, at Tidewater Dock in Golden Meadow, and in front of The Seafood Shed in Golden Meadow. The area of Old LA 1 from BBY Marina to RSI Shipyard has water approaching or across the northbound lane, and the area of RSI Shipyard is completely covered.
LA 1 remains open for travel at this time, but we anticipate water levels to be high enough to close it sometime later tonight. Please drive safely and remain alert to road conditions.
Port Fourchon is in GLPC Storm Phase 4: Mandatory Evacuation. The greatest threats to our area are expected to be heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and coastal flooding.
Lafourche Parish officials have issued a mandatory evacuation effective at 6:00 p.m. for the area below the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow. With that, all remaining personnel should evacuate the port as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches.
Please secure hazards and clear non-essential equipment from facility grounds, prepare office areas to minimize water intrusion damage, secure buildings with storm shutters or plywood over windows and doors, secure fuel tanks and storage areas, shut off utilities (water, electricity, etc.) if possible, and remove all small craft that can be hauled or trailered from port facilities and waterways, well away from the effects of possible storm surge and high winds. Remember, all vessels remaining in port must be manned. No new mooring dolphin rentals will be accepted; any unleased dolphins will be considered first come, first served until the storm is over.
After the storm has passed and roadways are cleared for passage, the Port Commission will notify port businesses when limited or full access is given to tenants to return and assess any damage to facilities.
POSSIBLE IMPACTS IN THE PORT FOURCHON AREA:
- RAINFALL: Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 10 inches, locally heavier in some areas.
- TIDES/STORM SURGE: Expected storm surge of 2-4 feet.
- WINDS: Tropical storm force winds expected tonight.
- ROADWAYS: No closures in effect at this time.
WARNINGS, WATCHES, & ADVISORIES (National Weather Service updated 6/6/2020 @ 10:00 AM):
- TROPICAL STORM WARNING (for Lafourche Parish): in effect until further notice.
- STORM SURGE WATCH (for coastal areas of SE LA and MS): in effect until further notice.
- FLASH FLOOD WATCH (for Louisiana coast): in effect through Tuesday morning, June 10.
EMERGENCY STORM HARBOR MARINA:
GLPC has opened the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity.
Visit this link to view GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use:
NOTIFICATIONS AND WEATHER INFORMATION:
If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent out regularly during a weather event with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.
Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER & STORM INFO webpage for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, and contact updating forms.
We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.