Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Parish is under a State of Emergency as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 26. Isaac has now turned into a hurricane as of 11:30 a.m. In addition to the Hurricane Warning, St. John the Baptist Parish is also under a Tornado Watch until 7:00 p.m. tonight. Wind gusts are expected to reach 100 mph with rainfall totals of 10-16 inches are anticipated. Tropical Storm force winds are expected to last between 24 and 36 hours and hurricane force winds are expect from 1 to 6 hours; therefore, residents should be prepared to tolerate unfavorable conditions for at least 24 hours. Tides are slowly rising at Lake Pontchartrain and are expected to continue to increase through the day reaching peak between tonight and Wednesday.
• St. John Sheriff’s Office issued a 6:00 p.m. curfew for all St. John residents and businesses until further notice.
• The Reserve/Edgard Ferry will be open until Tropical Storm force winds begin.
• The Veterans Memorial Bridge will remain open through the storm. Residents should use high caution during high wind speeds. Law Enforcement will not rescue motorists during the storm.
• Airline Highway is currently closed on each side at the St. Charles/Jefferson Parish line.
• Hwy 90 in St. Charles Parish is also closed in St. Charles Parish at the West bank Diversion.
• Garbage service remains closed through Wednesday. Service is expected to resume Thursday beginning with Thursday routes and the regular collection schedule will continue Friday and Saturday. Residents must secure all garbage cans until Thursday.
• Public Works is picking up loose debris throughout the parish until wind speeds increase; however, the Parish incinerator is open for residents to deliver vegetative debris.
• Residents are encouraged to use the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to advise of any garbage or trash collection issues after the storm as phone lines may be down.
• The garbage company is committed to picking up garbage as quickly as possible once the storm moves through the area. Residents are asked to please pick up cans that are currently near the road!
• Sandbag locations will close once sand is out of the area. Currently all locations have sand available.
o Fire Station #53, 1703 St. Andrews Blvd, LaPlace
o Fire Station #94, 1200 Hwy. 643, Pleasure Bend
o Fire Station #65, 337 Central Avenue, Reserve
o Fire Station #71, 418 Historic West St., Garyville
o Old Second Ward High School, 3671 Hwy 18, Edgard
***Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.***
• All St. John the Baptist Parish Schools and government offices will remain closed through Wednesday, August 29.
• As a result of the curfew all businesses are required to close at 6 p.m. today
• Wal-Mart will close at noon today
• River Parish Hospital remains open with a fully staffed emergency room. In the event of an emergency, residents can visit River Parish Hospital.
o Gem Drugs – close at 10:00 a.m.
o Fred’s Pharmacy – closes at 2:00 p.m.
o Walgreens Pharmacy – closed Tuesday
• Voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas were issued and remains in effect at this time.
• Residents can receive updated state road closure information at www.lsp.org.
• Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at http://viewoutage.entergy.com/la.aspx.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
• The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center is open 24/7 accepting phone calls at 985-652-2222.
• Residents are asked to dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or critical information.
Please stay tuned to local weather stations, St. John the Baptist Parish website at sjbparish.com, Government Access Channel 15, Facebook and twitter for updated information. Residents can also dial 2-1-1 for state emergency information.