People fill sandbags Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Rue Rochelle and Independence Drive in Slidell in advance of a rain-laden tropical storm bearing down on the Louisiana coast. 

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

With Tropical Storm Cindy headed toward Louisiana, St. Charles Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish government officials on Tuesday asked residents to prepare their homes for heavy rainfall.

Both parishes asked their residents to clear drains and ditches near their homes to help combat flooding.

St. Charles residents can also assist those efforts by reporting debris piles and blocked culverts to the Emergency Operations Center at 985-783-5050. There, residents can pick up sandbags for their homes at East Bank Bridge Park, 13244 River Road in Destrehan; West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road in Luling; and Louisiana 306 at Badeaux Lane East in Bayou Gauche.

St. Charles said its summer camp and feeding program are closed and will resume June 26. Public school and Council on Aging activities will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, as is Ormond Spray Park. 

Meanwhile, St. John officials are offering sandbags at 425 Captain Bourgeois in LaPlace; fire station No. 62 at 378 Railroad Ave. in Reserve; Ezekiel Jackson Park at 2952 Highway 44 in Garyville; the fire station at 5733 Highway 18 in Wallace; and fire station No. 94 at 1200 Highway 643 in Pleasure Bend.

Officials warned residents against driving down flooded roads, which can push water into homes. They also said residents should stock up on nonperishable food, water and flashlights in case the storm causes prolonged power outages.

Forecaster on Tuesday said Cindy is expected to bring 6 to 9 inches to much of southeastern Louisiana, with some spots seeing 12 or more inches. Strong winds and isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out, officials said.

The storm could be near the Louisiana coast sometime late Wednesday, but forecaster have warned that the system's main danger is heavy rains, especially north and northeast of the center.

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