The City of Central works diligently to be prepared for any disaster that can occur. We work to build relationships with our regional, state, and federal partners to ensure smooth emergency response and disaster recovery operations.
Hurricane Season: June 1st - Novemeber 30th
While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.
Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore. (Weather.gov)
CURRENT HURRICANE OUTLOOK:
Hurricane Preparedness Week
What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?
Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. (weather.gov)
TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN!!!
KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
CITY HALL: 225-261-5988
MUNICIPAL SERVICES: 225-262-5000
PUBLIC WORKS : 225-262-5000
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES: 911
CENTRAL POLICE DEPARTMENT: 225-367-1254
CENTRAL FIRE DEPARTMENT: 225-261-2000
CENTRAL SHERIFF SUBSTATION: (225) 389-5176
GAS UTILITY DISTRICT: 225-654-5205
BATON ROUGE WATER COMPANY: 225-925-2011
EBR PARISH REQUEST FOR SERVICES - 311
LOUISIANA ONE CALL "KNOW BEFORE YOU DIG" - 811
LOUISIANA TRAVELER INFORMATION - 511
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