ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provides insights on the conditions throughout St. Tammany Parish following the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
“Now that Hurricane Ida has moved through our community, it is time to move forward and return our Parish to normalcy,” said President Mike Cooper. “As soon as the sun rose Monday, we began inspecting the damages throughout the Parish so we could mobilize our Public Works crews to clear roads. Numerous powerlines were downed, trees blocked roadways, and homes and businesses were damaged Parish-wide. We are working hard to get St. Tammany cleaned up, but it is going to take time. We appreciate your consideration and your patience at this time.”
While the immediate impacts of Ida, like heavy wind and rain, have diminished, its important for our citizens who live near rivers to monitor their respective levels, said Cooper. It is especially important for those who sustained flooding in March 2016 to be vigilant and aware.
Many local roadways are impassable, due to high water, downed trees and power lines. CLECO has reported 98% of their customers in St. Tammany Parish are without power. CLECO’s assessment of the damages is expected to happen within the next 2-3 days. Once completed, CLECO will have a plan in place to restore power, which could take several days or weeks.
Western St. Tammany sustained a majority of the damages, according to Eric Schouest, VP of Governmental Affairs for CLECO Power, LLC. “There is a plan and a process in place,” said Schouest. “Right now, our crews are working on restoring power back to our critical infrastructure, like our hospitals.”
Residents should assume every downed powerline is live and avoid them at all costs. Do not come in contact with any downed powerlines and you should report all downed lines to 1-800-622-6537 or 911.
All St. Tammany Parish Government offices and locations will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. St. Tammany Parish’s Emergency Operations Center is fully operational with representatives answering phones from all partners and stakeholders. The phone number for the EOC if you need assistance is 985-898-2323. If you have an emergency, call 911.
When using a generator, it is critical to your safety to do so correctly. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide, electrocution, and fire. For directions on how to properly use your generator look to the manufacturer’s instructions or visit energy.gov.
The Tammany Trace, Bayou Lacombe Bridge, Camp Salmen, Northshore Beach and the Kids Connection Playground are closed and will remained closed until it is deemed safe for reopen.
The curfew is still in effect and will remain in effect until it is deemed safe by St. Tammany Parish Government. This curfew is in place to protect the citizens of St. Tammany as well as the crews working to clear roads and reinstate power.
To support the communities affected by the storm you can visit the Northshore Community Foundation at NorthshoreFoundation.org or the United Way of Southeast Louisiana at UnitedWaySELA.org/IdaRelief.
Parish President Mike Cooper addressed the media along with St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent Frank Jabbia, VP of Governmental Affairs for CLECO Power LLC, Eric Schouest and Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Clarence Powe.
Monitor local media, St. Tammany Parish social media channels and STPGOV.org.