ST JOHN EMERGENCY PUBLIC INFORMATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2012 - 12:30 a.m.
Contact: Paige Falgoust
WEATHER: Isaac is weakening and moving from the area. Flooding due to the storm surge is expected to slowly subside and a coastal flood warning is in effect until noon Friday. The storm surge has peaked at Lake Pontchartrain and water levels will begin dropping. Lake Maurepas is also expected to peak today and begin receding.
EVACUATIONS: Over 3350 residents have been rescued and evacuated since Wednesday, August 30. Search and rescue is slowing down; calls are still being received to rescue individuals from their homes. The National Guard, Wildlife and Fisheries, Acadian Ambulance, St. John Sheriff’s Office, and Fire Departments are continuing search and rescue throughout the day as water levels remain elevated.
EVACUATION PHONE LINE: After evacuating over 3350 residents in St. John the Baptist Parish Wednesday night, a database of individuals evacuated to Alexandria and Shreveport has been obtained, and families and friends can attempt to locate their loved ones by calling 985-652-0542. Evacuations to the state shelter in Shreveport are ongoing. A large number of residents did not evacuate to state shelters, choosing instead to stay with family and friends.
PETS: Approximately 180 pets were evacuated with families over the past two days. ASPCA and Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSRT)
WATER SUPPLY: The St. John the Baptist Parish Utilities Department will begin working to restore water to LaPlace residents tomorrow morning. The National Guard is assisting with the repair and transporting people and equipment through the high water along Highway 51 to Ruddock.
POWER: Entergy is restoring power to parts of LaPlace, Wallace and Reserve. Approximately 18,145 customers remain without power. Entergy is working to restore power as quickly as possible while avoiding flood ravaged areas.
HOSPITAL: River Parishes Hospital is currently closed. Residents will be notified when the hospital re-opens.
CURFEW: St. John the Baptist Parish remains under a 6:00 p.m. curfew until further notice. Sheriff Michael Tregre has requested additional security personnel to help with patrols of the parish during the power outage. Checkpoints have been established at the St. James and St. Charles Parish lines to enforce the curfew. He said “Residents on roads past 6:00 p.m. will be challenged by his officers”.
MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES: I-10 on/off ramps, I-55 on/off ramps, Hwy 51 is closed, Belle Terre Blvd at Fairway Dr. to I-10, I -310 Eastbound
CLOSURES: All schools and parish offices will be closed through the Tuesday after Labor Day.
POD Sites: Six locations have been established in St. John the Baptist Parish for distribution of MRE’s, water and ice. The locations are:
East St. John Elementary
400 Ory Drive
LaPlace, LA 70068
Fifth Ward Elementary
158 Panther Drive
Reserve, LA 70084
Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet
240 LA Hwy 54
Mount Airy, LA 70076
Leon Godchaux School
1880 Hwy 44
Reserve, LA 70084
St. John the Baptist Courthouse
2393 Hwy 18
Edgard, LA 70049
PATIENCE - Residents are asked to remain patient as we work to restore services to all homes. The last two days were spent completing search and rescue missions to remove residents from flood waters, attics and homes without power and water.
Many of our employees have been working 24/7 for the last several days while their homes were inundated with water. We’re asking residents to follow the curfew as 95% of the parish is without power, no working signal lights or street lights, and water levels that may not be visible at night. They are also asked to move through high water slowly as not to create wakes that cause additional flooding.
INFORMATION SOURCES: WWL 870 AM or 105.3 FM, ONLINE: www.sjbparish.com, Facebook: St John ParishGovernment; Twitter: @SJBPgov