ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish Government provides an update on the recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida.
“We are relieved to see our rivers are going to crest below forecasted levels,” said President Mike Cooper. “We can now shift our concerns into recovery and restoring our Parish to normalcy.”
The rivers St. Tammany Parish Government have been monitoring, with the exception of the Bogue Chitto and Pearl River, crested last night at levels below projected.
The lower levels are mostly attributable to the low amount of rainfall received after the initial pass of the storm.
- Tchefuncte River near Covington – The river crested at Moderate Flood stage (27.54 ft.) last night around 7 p.m. The river is showing gradual decline in water surface elevation (27.4 ft), this may increase slightly depending on any additional rainfall over the next 24 hours, but is not expected to be severe.
- Bogue Falaya River at Boston Street – The river is currently at Moderate Flood stage (14.15 ft) and is on a downward trend in elevation. The river crested at 15.48 feet around 8 p.m. last night.
- Bogue Falaya River near Camp Covington - The river is currently at Moderate Flood stage (50.49 feet). This is down significantly from the crest of 57.61 feet that occurred last night around 7 p.m.
- Abita River at Abita Springs – Abita River crested at 25.29 feet on Monday around 8 p.m. The elevation is currently at 23.13 feet and is showing a gradual decline. This decline should continue unless there are significant rainstorms today.
- Bogue Chitto near Bush – The river is currently at Minor Flood stage (11.69 feet). A rise in the river level is expected, and may reach an almost Moderate Flood stage of 16.52 feet Thursday at 8 a.m. In March 2016, the river reached a level of 21.36 feet.
- Pearl River near Pearl River –The river is currently at Minor Flood stage (14.54 feet). The river is expected to reach crest Friday night with a crest at 17.49 feet. This projected crest is short of Major Flood stage at 18.0 feet.
Several rescues were made in St. Tammany Parish by local law enforcement, first responders and National Guard. More rescues may ensue, leading to a potential increase in shelter populations. Currently, St. Tammany Parish’s shelter population is at 68.
Shelters, of last resort, are still open at:
Creekside Jr. High – General Population Electrically Dependent Shelter:
- Must require electricity to sustain life
- Must have one caregiver 18 years or older (only one will be allowed) to accompany
- Must bring own linen and bedding, food and water, and medicines.
Lee Road Jr. High – General Population:
- Must bring own linen and bedding and food and water
Tammany Utilities is still under a precautionary Boil Water Advisory. The advisory is out of an abundance of caution. Due to Hurricane Ida, results of LDH water testing will likely be delayed. Some private utilities have done the same, including: City of Covington, the Town of Abita Springs, and the Town of Madisonville. UIL and Magnolia utility companies also have a Boil Water Advisory in place.
St. Tammany Parish Government is strongly urging Tammany Utilities customers to limit water consumption.
Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Inc. has reported more than 30,000 customers with power outages, 98% of their customers. They have deployed a crew of 332 to the field and they are working hard to restore energy to their consumers.
CLECO, as of August 31, at 7:00 a.m., reported 95,544 without power in St. Tammany Parish. Their crews are working diligently to assess damage and bring restorations to their customers.
Entergy has reported 3,653 without power in St. Tammany. Their crews are deployed and they are working to bring power back as soon as possible.
St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has will address the media with further updates this afternoon, August 31, 2021.
Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.