St. Tammany Parish officials continued to monitor Tropical Storm Karen Saturday evening but noted that most forecasts put the parish outside the cone of probability for landfall.
The Parish’s Emergency Operations Center remained in operation to monitor any changes in weather conditions and to keeps its partners informed, the parish administration said in a news release at 6 p.m. Parish President Bat Brister asked residents to remain vigilant and informed about the storm.
But heightened watchfulness that began with a parishwide emergency alert on Friday was giving way to plans for a normal Sunday.
The St. Tammany Parish Redfishtival, which was canceled Saturday, is back on track for Sunday but will be held at a new location, The Dock, 118 Harbor Court, in Slidell, from noon until 6 p.m.
The parish opened two maintenance barns during the day Saturday for east St. Tammany residents who wanted sandbags to protect against rising water. The city of Slidell also had a number of stations for sandbags. Neither government planned to continue offering sandbags Sunday.
Parish officials remained in contact with Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan to determine if Hesco baskets would be placed across U.S. 11 at the parish levee, but as of Saturday evening, that had not been deemed necessary, parish spokesman Ronald Simpson said.
Parish Councilman Marty Gould said at a morning news conference that the parish public works department had lowered water levels in several detention ponds as a precaution in case of heavy downpours. But partly sunny skies predominated.
Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, who was also at the news conference, said that area utilities had personnel in place in anticipation of service interruptions from gusts that could down limbs.