Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 6:15 p.m.
As Hurricane Isaac moves into the area, weather conditions will continue to strengthen before the storm subsides. St. John the Baptist Parish has completed all preparations and is currently riding out the storm and preparing for damage assessments in the storm’s wake. The St. John Sheriff’s Office currently has 90 police officers patrolling the Parish ensuring the safety of residents and their property. “I want to applaud our residents and business owners for heeding the warnings and making advanced preparations for the storm. The parish is the cleanest it has been in awhile. I also want to thank all of our employees and participating agencies for their hard work over the last several weeks, but particularly in preparation for Hurricane Isaac”, said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
St. John the Baptist Parish has been under a State of Emergency since 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 26. Hurricane Isaac is currently classified as a Category 1 Hurricane, with weather impacts continuing to peak throughout the day. St. John remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Tornado Watch until 7:00 p.m. tonight with the high probability of this being extended.
Wind gusts are expected to reach 85 to 100 mph with rainfall totals of 10-16 inches anticipated. Residents are currently experiencing Tropical Storm force winds which are expected to last between 16 and 24 hours. Hurricane force winds will be experienced as the storm moves through and are expected to last between 1 to 6 hours; therefore, residents should be prepared to tolerate unfavorable conditions for at least 24 hours. Tides are continuing to rise at Lake Pontchartrain with expectations to continue rising. No street flooding is being experienced at this time.
• St. John the Baptist Parish will be under a 6:00 p.m. curfew for all residents and businesses until further notice. All residents should stay inside homes until notified otherwise. All businesses in St. John the Baptist Parish will be closed until further notice.
• The Reserve/Edgard Ferry is now closed due to Tropical Storm force winds.
• 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.
• Historically, Frenier and Peavine Roads are the first roads to experience water over roadways; however, both roads including the I-55 ramps are still passable.
• Hwy 90 in St. Charles Parish is also closed in St. Charles Parish at the West bank Diversion.
• Airline Highway is currently closed on each side at the St. Charles/Jefferson Parish line.
• Garbage service will resume Thursday. Residents must secure all garbage cans until Thursday. Routes and the regular collection schedule will continue Friday and Saturday.
• Residents are encouraged to use the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of any garbage or trash collection issues after the storm in the event phone lines are down.
• Sandbag locations are now closed.
• All businesses are now closed until further notice.
• River Parish Hospital remains open with a fully staffed emergency room.
• 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
**Residents are reminded not to touch any downed power lines as any power line may still be active.
• All St. John the Baptist Parish Schools and Government Offices will remain closed through Wednesday, August 29.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
• Residents can call 985-652-2222 or 2-1-1
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