State of emergency declared, St. Tammany Parish opens shelter for those evacuating

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Coquille Parks & Recreation

St. Tammany – The National Weather Service is predicting high water levels for the Tchefuncte River basin.

An emergency shelter is open for those taking part in the voluntary evacuation. Residents who plan to use the shelter should bring basic necessities like food, water, medications, etc.

The shelter is at Coquille Parks and Recreation, the address is 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area.

Residents in low-lying areas on both sides of the Tchefunte River should be prepared for the possibility of flooding tonight into tomorrow.

Those areas that have seen flooding in the past should consider a voluntary evacuation.

This includes areas in or around the Tchefuncte River, North of I-12 to LA Hwy 40 (including Park Lane.)

A location has also been set up for the distribution of sandbags.

Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn. The address is 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.

Sandbags will be distributed today until 6 P.M. as well as tomorrow, Saturday December 29, from 7 A.M. – 1 P.M.

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