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Tammany Utilities Employee Seizes Opportunity to Perform Good Deed

Tammany Utilities Employee Seizes Opportunity to Perform Good Deed

When Glenn Daughdrill, St. Tammany Parish Government Environmental Services Operations Supervisor, started his day in the field several mornings ago, it wasn’t long before he found himself diverted from his intended destination, and stopped in a roadway to retrieve a ladies’ handbag. What he found inside surprised even him.

“I saw something that looked like a ladies’ purse, so I stopped and picked it up,” Glenn said. “It was pretty heavy, and when I opened it up, I was shocked to see that there was a larger than usual amount of cash inside.”

Glenn brought it back to the office where he managed to find out who owned the bag, but there was no contact information. After calling around, and a little help from his friends, he was able to locate the owner’s daughter. She, along with her mother came in the next day to retrieve the bag, and to thank Glenn for his honesty and tenacity in finding out who the bag belonged to.

“Glenn reflected personal integrity, honesty and a great depth of character,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I appreciate his willingness to go the extra mile to stop and pick up the bag, then find its rightful owner to return it safely, and in the end give this lady and her family peace of mind. Glenn makes St. Tammany proud.”

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St. Tammany Parish Earns Recognition as StormReady® Community from the National Weather Service

St. Tammany Parish Earns Recognition as StormReady® Community from the National Weather Service

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that the St. Tammany Parish is now recognized as a StormReady® Community. According to the NWS, the StormReady® program (www.weather.gov/stormready) is a partnership with emergency management that helps reduce risk and increases community resilience to hazards. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness met the necessary guidelines and demonstrated outstanding preparedness for hazardous weather and flooding to obtain the commendation. As a Parish with the fourth highest population in the State, the qualification process was extensive and took approximately one year to complete. These guidelines include but are not limited to: the demonstration of the operation of communications/Dispatch center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that serves as a 24-hour Warning Point in an emergency; the ability to receive warnings from the NWS at the EOC; and Community Preparedness and hazardous weather and flood monitoring.

“This recognition benefits the whole of St. Tammany. Our Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness team leads the way in preparation and execution of disaster operations before, during and after emergencies with a clear and systematic approach,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “They are truly second to none. The work they put in to achieve this acknowledgement is applauded. Every day they pride themselves on doing what is necessary to keep us— the St. Tammany community— informed and prepared.”

Among the benefits of becoming a StormReady® Community is the opportunity to receive community rating points towards lowering the Parish’s flood insurance premium rates through the Community Ratings System. Additional benefits include the strengthening of the working relationships of Emergency Mangers and the National Weather Service, the encouragement of better hazardous weather and flood preparedness programs in surrounding jurisdictions, and the improvement of the coordination and timelines of hazardous weather and flood warning dissemination and response.

For more information about the StormReady® Program, visit www.weather.gov/stormready/.

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter and the local media. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

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Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the opening of Emerald Forest Extension in Covington. The roadway will now extend from Highway 190 through to 11th street. The extension was designed as part of ongoing infrastructure and drainage improvements.

“This roadway ties in to overall efforts to make travel for our residents more efficient, to increase connectivity throughout the Parish, and to improve drainage at the same time,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Residents in these surrounding neighborhoods now have an alternative route for travel that we hope will ultimately save them time.”

The project was completed in just over one year, at a cost of $1.7 million. The roadway was extended by 4700 feet from Garden Walk Drive through to 11th Street. In addition, subsurface drainage was installed. Plans are under consideration to extend the roadway even further to an existing street closer to Highway 59, and will be determined after the completion of a feasibility study.

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Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the opening of Emerald Forest Extension in Covington. The roadway will now extend from Highway 190 through to 11th street. The extension was designed as part of ongoing infrastructure and drainage improvements.

“This roadway ties in to overall efforts to make travel for our residents more efficient, to increase connectivity throughout the Parish, and to improve drainage at the same time,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Residents in these surrounding neighborhoods now have an alternative route for travel that we hope will ultimately save them time.”

The project was completed in just over one year, at a cost of $1.7 million. The roadway was extended by 4700 feet from Garden Walk Drive through to 11th Street. In addition, subsurface drainage was installed. Plans are under consideration to extend the roadway even further to an existing street closer to Highway 59, and will be determined after the completion of a feasibility study.

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