Tropical Storm Nate prep: Parishes start sandbag distributions

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Parishes in the New Orleans metro area are beginning to offer sandbags for residents ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.


Sandbags are available in multiple locations in St. Charles Parish ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

Parish President Larry Cochran has declared a state of emergency, and St. Charles Parish officials are urging residents to monitor weather reports and prepare for tropical weather Saturday and Sunday.

Residents are asked to clear drains and ditches around their homes and make sure all items around their property are picked up or brought inside.

Residents can report any debris piles or blocked culverts to EOC at (985) 783-5050.

Sandbags are available at more than two dozen locations around the parish. You must bring your own shovel. Click here for a full list.


Parish President Pat Brister announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government will distribute sandbags on Friday, October 6, 2017 and Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the following locations:

-St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

-St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell

-St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

-St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast in the coming days.


Sand bags will be distributed from 1 to 7 p.m. at the sandbag barn in the old Kaiser facility at the rear of the Port of St. Bernard in Chalmette.

"We have sandbags that have been pre-made and are ready to be given to residents of St. Bernard,'' Sheriff James Pohlmann said. Parish prisoners make the sandbags throughout the year in preparation for the next hurricane season.

St. Bernard residents must show proof of residency in order to receive sandbags, and there will be a limit of 15 per vehicle, Sheriff Pohlmann said.


Sandbags will be available at five locations starting at 7 a.m. Friday at the following locations:

  • 987 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
  • 2000 MLK Blvd.
  • 4115 Woodland in Algiers
  • 2118 Elysian Fields
  • 5403 Read Boulevard
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