Flood Kits are now available to residents and businesses affected by the recent flood event in St. Martin Parish who have already registered their damages with the St. Martin Parish OHSEP Office.

CYPRESS ISLAND AREA – Homes were submerged by waters from the Bayou Vermilion and Lake Martin in the Cypress Island area, reaching pass the door knobs on some homes. (Sally Angelle)

As we enter the recovery stage of the recent flooding throughout St. Martin Parish, and as residents start returning to their homes and business, parish officials are stressing the vital importance of reporting any and all damages sustained to homes and businesses.
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Mobile unit is at the Veteran’s Home in Breaux Bridge. The location is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Sunday. Register at disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 before visiting this location. Photo by Sally Angelle

CYPRESS ISLAND AREA – Homes were submerged by waters from the Bayou Vermilion and Lake Martin in the Cypress Island area, reaching pass the door knobs on some homes. (Sally Angelle)

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Schools getting back to normal

Monday saw a return to some semblance of normalcy for St. Martin Parish’s public school system and its thousands of students and faculty members.
Students returned to school after missing six instructional days due to the massive rainfall and widespread flooding that occurred in the area on Aug. 12-13.

Residents cleaning up

SALVAGE OPERATION – William Sonnier (pushing the pirogue) and Neal “Catman” Champagne, along with family and friends helped Rocky and Lisa Sonnier at Bayou Cabins bed and breakfast remove debris from 10 of their 14 cabins that were flooded from the high waters of the Bayou Teche on Thursday, Aug. 18.(Sally Angelle)

St. Martin Parish officials and agencies, along with hundreds of home and business owners, are busy this week coping with the aftermath of the drenching rains that left large swaths of the parish under debris-laden floodwaters earlier this month.

Flood kits available from local OHSEP

Flood Kits are now available to residents and businesses affected by the recent flood event in St. Martin Parish who have already registered their damages with the St. Martin Parish OHSEP Office.

SM residents urged to report storm damage

CYPRESS ISLAND AREA – Homes were submerged by waters from the Bayou Vermilion and Lake Martin in the Cypress Island area, reaching pass the door knobs on some homes. (Sally Angelle)

As we enter the recovery stage of the recent flooding throughout St. Martin Parish, and as residents start returning to their homes and business, parish officials are stressing the vital importance of reporting any and all damages sustained to homes and businesses.

Fema assistance

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Mobile unit is at the Veteran’s Home in Breaux Bridge. The location is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Sunday. Register at disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 before visiting this location. Photo by Sally Angelle

Police Report

The following arrests and/or citations were reported in St. Martin Parish from Monday, August 15, through Sunday, August 21.

Casino operator loses appeal

St. Martinville – On Tuesday, Aug 9, 16th Judicial District Court Judge Curtis Sigur ruled against Breaux Bridge Land Investment, LLC in its appeal of a St. Martin Parish Planning and Zoning Board decision.

Henderson banks on rise in Basin tourism

Henderson – This town along the levee is expecting a major change in attitudes about the Atchafalaya Basin. At the Aug. 8 town council meeting, Mayor Sherbin Collette struck a note of optimism about the future of Henderson.

Parish Police Report

The following arrests and/or citations were reported in St. Martin Parish from Monday, August 8, through Sunday, August 14.

Bayou Teche Trailhead dedication Thursday

Breaux Bridge – The first Bayou Teche Paddle Trail trailhead will be opened to the public on Thursday, Aug. 18, during an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony at Parc du Ponts (100 St. Bernard Street).

11 from parish earn UL degrees

Lafayette – The University of Louisiana at Lafayette conferred 287 degrees during its Summer Commencement ceremony on Friday at the Cajundome Convention Center.
Eleven St. Martin Parish residents were among the graduates.

POLICE REPORT

The following arrests and/or citations were reported in St. Martin Parish from Monday, August 1, through Sunday, August 7.

Parks man charged with killing half brother

Parks resident Wilfred J. Viator, 50, has been charged with one count of second degree murder following his arrest this past weekend.
Investigators with the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office say deputies responded to a 911 call from Viator’s residence around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A suicidal subject was requesting assistance.

Catholic Priest Arrested for Child Pornography

On July 27, investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Special Victims Unit arrested a Catholic priest in St. Martin Parish. The arrest was the result of an investigation into his possible possession of pornography involving juveniles.

Cecilia man busted on drugs, weapons charges

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents, tipped off to suspected drug activity, executed a search warrant July 20 in the 1100 block of Grand Anse Hwy., Cecilia.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, July 18, through Sunday, July 24

Monday, July 18
Babineaux, Joshua, 31, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Taylor, Markkus, 25, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Vicknair, Scott, 50, 1900 block of Levee Hwy., Belle River; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).

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RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES were held at the first Trailhead on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Parc du Ponts in downtown Breaux Bridge.

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