Letters to Leaders

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRESIDENT, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Good afternoon,

The Mardi Gras holiday brought with it a winter weather event that we rarely see in Louisiana. As always, St. Tammany citizens were instrumental in ensuring their own safety and the safety of their neighbors throughout the event.

The wintry mix in some areas of St. Tammany on Monday and the prolonged freezing temperatures Monday night into Tuesday morning impacted our area in several ways. Tammany Utilities is still responding to impacts on the Pineland Park Water System in the Mandeville area and the Alton Water System in the Alton Community. These areas remain under precautionary boil advisories due to pressure losses in their systems as a direct result of weather impacts. We anticipate having samples back from the Louisiana Department of Health within the next 24- 48 hours. When these precautionary advisories are lifted, we will notify our citizens immediately.

Last night, our power companies asked residents to conserve power to avoid the implementation of rolling blackouts as they had briefly done the previous evening. St. Tammany residents heeded these requests from our power companies and did their part to lessen the burdens on the power grids. As a result, no rolling blackouts were issued by power providers in our area last night. The power companies have reached out to me to express their appreciation to our citizens for heeding their requests. I am extremely proud of our community for coming together to prevent the power grid from overloading and ultimately staving off these blackouts.

During emergencies, especially in certain situations like precautionary boil advisories, we utilize our ALERT St. Tammany system to notify residents. Through this system, we can select an area on our maps that needs notification and use an automated phone call to inform them of emergency alerts that will impact their area. We recommend all residents sign up at this link to receive these critical alerts when necessary.

The National Weather Service has again issued a Hard Freeze Warning here on the Northshore from 9 p.m. this evening until 9 a.m. Friday morning. Residents with elderly individuals in their families are asked to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences and to check on residents who may be at risk. The Department of Animal Services advises pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the well-being of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions like wrapping their pipes to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. Any person who may need shelter from the freezing temperatures should reach out to the Giving Hope Retreat Center located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe, contact number (985) 218-9485.

Finally, I’d like to thank our St. Tammany Emergency Response Team comprised of first responders from our local Fire Districts. Members of this group are now in Shreveport where they will provide a water supply and infrastructure to the Shreveport area which has seen severe impacts from the winter weather. We wish you safety and health as you assist our neighbors to the north and safe travels as you head home when your work is complete.

Should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stay Safe!

 

Regards,


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President

 

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