Flash flooding, large scale flooding, and backwater flooding are not anticipated at this time. Sandbags are not necessary at this time and will not be made available.

Representatives of multiple Ascension Parish agencies participated this morning in a status call on preparations for the expected landfall of Hurricane Gordon.

According to the latest information received from the National Weather Service, Ascension Parish is not expected to receive heavy winds and rainfall. Residents can expect between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall, and winds between 10 and 15 miles per hour are likely, with possible wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour. Most of the storm’s impact will be felt east of Interstate 55.

Flash flooding, large scale flooding, and backwater flooding are not anticipated at this time. Sandbags are not necessary at this time and will not be made available. Emergency preparedness officials are constantly monitoring all of the weather feeds and remain in contact with state and federal emergency agencies.

All government agencies are on full alert and fully staffed to deal with any emergencies.

Even though forecasts thus far place the worst of the storm to the east, hurricanes can be unpredictable. Residents are urged to have a game plan together. Have three days’ supply of food and water in case of any power outages, and check on loved ones.

Stay tuned to local media, Ascension Channel 21, Parish of Ascension Facebook Page, and the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Facebook Page for the latest up-to-date information.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government