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Covington Location of FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Closing

The Covington location of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Tammany Parish will permanently close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The Covington DRC is located at Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 Highway 1085, Gym Number One. Applicants in need of services beyond March 31, 2016 should visit the Slidell DRC, on the first floor of the Towers Administrative Building located at 520 Old Spanish Trail. The Slidell DRC will allow St. Tammany Parish citizens who have suffered losses due to the flooding event earlier in the month to have access to recovery assistance from multiple agencies. In addition to FEMA personnel assisting residents with their process, Small Business Administration (SBA) personnel will also be available to answer questions.

To apply for individual disaster assistance from FEMA, call 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. To access resources to aid in your disaster recovery, visit www.stpgov.org/disaster

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Portions of Cedarwood, Elmwood, Wilkerson, America, Caroline, Lafayette, Dupard, Webster, and Foucher Streets in Tanglewood Subdivision Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

 WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Portions of Cedarwood, Elmwood, Wilkerson, America, Caroline, Lafayette, Dupard, Webster, and Foucher Streets in Tanglewood Subdivision

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, beginning at 9 AM, Tammany Utilities (TU) will be replacing an 8” water valve located at the intersection of Elmwood Street and Cedarwood Street in Mandeville. The work will require that the water be turned off to Tammany Utilities water customers located within the highlighted area shown in the image below.  Water service will be restored by 5 PM Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  

 

Once water service is restored, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Department of Health and Hospital regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

 

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  We anticipate that the earliest the BOIL ADVISORY will be rescinded will be Friday, April 1st

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Public Meeting Dates for Eligible Flood Mitigation Assistance Applicants

St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Grants will hold two Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) meetings to assist eligible homeowners in collecting the required paperwork for the completion of the application for grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2016, on the 5th floor of  the Towers Administration Building located at 520 Old Spanish Trail,  in Slidell, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The FMA program is designed to mitigate high risk residential properties in an effort to reduce flood losses throughout the Parish.  The mitigation process would provide approved property owners with funding to elevate their homes, bringing the structures into compliance with current flood mapping data. In order to ensure that all eligible homeowners who want to apply are included, eligible residents who have been notified are asked to bring the following items to the meeting:

 

·         Copy of Driver’s License or State Issued Photo Identification of owner and co-owner of property

·         Copy of the current Flood Insurance Declaration Page

·         (Not required but recommended) Appraisal of property or Footprint to show square footage

·         (Not required but recommended) Elevation Certificate

 

St. Tammany Parish Government will provide the Voluntary Participation Agreement and the Notarized Homeowners Affidavit Form (regarding assistance received in the past). If you are unable to attend one of the above meetings, please return all of the documents listed above, including the Voluntary Participation Agreement and the Notarized Homeowners Affidavit Form linked here, to St. Tammany Parish, Department of Grants, Hazard Mitigation Office, P.O. Box 628, Covington, LA 70434 by Friday, April 15th, 2016. If you have any questions regarding these documents, please feel free to contact the Department of Grants at (985) 867-5095 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Upon review of your submittal, a Grants Project Manager will contact you regarding the next steps.

 

 

Jail and Justice Center Complex Sales Tax Renewals Slated for April 9, 2016 Ballot

Two Parish-Wide Jail and Justice Center Complex sales taxes are slated to come up for renewal on the Municipal General/ Special Primary election ballot, April 9, 2016. These revenues will continue to fund operations and maintenance needs of the St. Tammany Parish Jail, and the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center complex in Covington, including the Slidell Justice Center annex located in the Towers Building. Since 1998, these dedicated revenues, ¼¢ each (one fourth of one percent), have been used solely for the purposes of funding the operations and maintenance of these entities. A yes vote would renew the tax for an additional 20 years.

“The community we live in is safe and secure, and the services provided through all of these agencies funded through these taxes, play a role in that safety on several levels,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “As our community continues to grow, the need for services of these agencies will grow as well, so I urge every voter in St. Tammany to vote on these two taxes which have been in place for 18 years as a dedicated funding source.”

“The two sales tax renewals are crucial to the future of public safety here in St. Tammany, “said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff-Elect. “The money collected through these dedicated taxes directly impact two major components of our justice system — the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center and the St. Tammany Parish jail — and the impact on public safety will be felt for the next two decades.”

Each of these taxes brings in approximately $11,300,000 annually. In addition to the funding of facilities and maintenance of agencies within the Jail and Justice Center including: the 22nd Judicial District Court, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the Clerk of Court, the Registrar of Voters, the Assessor, the Sheriff and the Jail, the funds will also be allocated to support capital needs of existing facilities. At the courthouse: roof replacement, technology upgrades as warranted, security equipment upgrades, air conditioning maintenance and replacement as needed, and basement moisture barrier replacement. At the jail: maximum security door system replacement, razor wire fence additions, plumbing upgrades, roof repair and replacement, technology upgrades as warranted, and sewer treatment upgrades.

Early voting for the  April 9, 2016 Municipal General/ Special Primary election begins March 26 – April2, 2016. Visit www.stprov.org for election information. To read more about the proposed Parish-wide tax renewals click here

St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Opening of Second Disaster Recovery Center

A second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at Coquille Parks and Recreation located at 13505 Highway 1085 in Covington, Gym Number One. The DRC’s hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. – 6p.m. from March 24th- 26th, closed on Easter Sunday, and then open again beginning Monday, March 28th through Thursday, March 31st. Applicants in need of services beyond March 31, 2016 will be asked to go to the DRC in Slidell, on the first floor of the Towers Administrative Building located at 520 Old Spanish Trail. The DRC will allow St. Tammany Parish citizens who have suffered losses due to the flooding event earlier in the month. In addition to FEMA personnel assisting residents with their process, Small Business Administration (SBA) personnel will also be available to answer questions.

To apply for individual disaster assistance from FEMA, call 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. To access resources to aid in your disaster recovery, visit www.stpgov.org/disaster.

St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Opening of Second Disaster Recovery Center

A second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at Coquille Parks and Recreation located at 13505 Highway 1085 in Covington, Gym Number One. The DRC’s hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. – 6p.m. from March 24th- 26th, closed on Easter Sunday, and then open again beginning Monday, March 28th through Thursday, March 31st. Applicants in need of services beyond March 31, 2016 will be asked to go to the DRC in Slidell, on the first floor of the Towers Administrative Building located at 520 Old Spanish Trail. The DRC will allow St. Tammany Parish citizens who have suffered losses due to the flooding event earlier in the month have access to recovery assistance from multiple agencies. In addition to FEMA personnel assisting residents with their process, Small Business Administration (SBA) personnel will also be available to answer questions.

 

To apply for individual disaster assistance from FEMA, call 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. To access resources to aid in your disaster recovery, visit www.stpgov.org/disaster.

Debris Pickup Deadlines Set in St. Tammany Parish

In order for St. Tammany Parish to meet the FEMA guidelines for debris pickup reimbursement, Parish Government has laid out more details and has set deadlines for citizens to place flood-related debris at the curb for free pickup. These guidelines are to assist property owners of the 673 flood-damaged structures in western St. Tammany and 45 flood-damaged structures in eastern St. Tammany.

Debris pickup in St. Tammany Parish has been scheduled on the west side of the Parish from Tuesday, March 22, 2016 through Thursday, March 31, 2016. Crews in this sector will pick up debris in all flood-impacted areas West of Louisiana Highway 434.  

Debris pickup in St. Tammany Parish is scheduled on the east side of the Parish from April 1, 2016 - April 7, 2016. Crews in this sector will pick up debris in all flood-impacted areas East of Highway 434.

All debris should be separated into piles and placed at the outer perimeter of property in the right-of-way, but not blocking the roadway. If your property does not have an area of right of way large enough to accommodate the debris, please place it as close to the edge of your property line as possible. The arm of the debris removal truck must be able to reach the debris. White goods in the whole of St. Tammany will be retrieved at a later date because they are disposed of in a different manner and at a different location than vegetative and construction debris, so residents are advised not to be alarmed if your appliances are not picked up with the bulk of your separated debris.

The six categories are as follows: vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste.

For questions on how to separate debris, visit www.stpgov.org/disaster, to view a brief video tutorial. 

Debris Pickup Deadlines Set in St. Tammany Parish

In order for St. Tammany Parish to meet the FEMA guidelines for debris pickup reimbursement, Parish Government has laid out more details and has set deadlines for citizens to place flood-related debris at the curb for free pickup. These guidelines are to assist property owners of the 673 flood-damaged structures in western St. Tammany and 45 flood-damaged structures in eastern St. Tammany.

Debris pickup in St. Tammany Parish has been scheduled on the west side of the Parish from Tuesday, March 22, 2016 through Thursday, March 31, 2016. Crews in this sector will pick up debris in all flood-impacted areas West of Louisiana Highway 434.  

Debris pickup in St. Tammany Parish is scheduled on the east side of the Parish from April 1, 2016 - April 7, 2016. Crews in this sector will pick up debris in all flood-impacted areas East of Highway 434.

All debris should be separated into piles and placed at the outer perimeter of property in the right-of-way, but not blocking the roadway. If your property does not have an area of right of way large enough to accommodate the debris, please place it as close to the edge of your property line as possible. The arm of the debris removal truck must be able to reach the debris. White goods in the whole of St. Tammany will be retrieved at a later date because they are disposed of in a different manner and at a different location than vegetative and construction debris, so residents are advised not to be alarmed if your appliances are not picked up with the bulk of your separated debris.

The six categories are as follows: vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste.

For questions on how to separate debris, visit www.stpgov.org/disaster, to view a brief video tutorial. 

Debris Pickup in St. Tammany Begins

Debris pickup in St. Tammany Parish will begin on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in flood-affected areas. Debris Pickup Crews will work from west to east, and only flood related debris is eligible. Residents are asked to not bag disaster debris, and to separate debris into the following categories: vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste. Place debris at the edge of your property line before the curb in the right of way, or it will not be picked up. Please do not block the roadway, and do not stack or lean debris near or on trees, poles, or other structures including fire hydrants and utility meters. Residents are advised that normal household trash and bagged debris will not be picked up with disaster debris. Residents should continue to follow their normal garbage removal schedule for this waste.

Vegetative debris includes items such as: includes leaves, logs, etc. Construction and demolition debris includes: carpet, drywall and mattresses. Appliances and white goods includes: dishwashers, freezers and heaters. Electronics include: computers, radios and televisions. Household hazardous waste includes: cleaning supplies, lawn chemicals and pesticides.

To watch an informational video on how to separate debris, click here. For information on disaster relief visit www.stpgov.org/disaster.  

St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Opening of Disaster Recovery Center

St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Opening of Disaster Recovery Center

The first FEMA Disaster Recovery Center(DRC) in St. Tammany Parish will open on Monday, March 21, 2016 on the first floor of the Towers Administrative Building located at 520 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell. The DRC will be in operation Monday thru Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A second location on the western side of the Parish will open during the coming week.

 

The DRC will house FEMA, The Small Business Administration (SBA), and other agencies, in order to provide recovery assistance to citizens who have suffered losses in the recent flooding event. In the DRC, citizens can register for federal assistance with FEMA, and to receive information and assistance on disaster relief resources available from, Federal, State, and non-governmental organizations.

 

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St. Tammany Area Transportation (STAR) Transit Operations Resume Thursday, March 17 with Limited Restrictions

STAR Transit operations will resume operations on Thursday, March 17, 2016, with limited service on Military Road until water has receded. Riders may schedule transport by calling the reservation number at 985-327-0185. For those not in the Pearl River flood area, STAR Transit will resume the normal hours of operation 6am-6pm Monday through Friday for rural areas and 6am-6pm Monday through Saturday for urban areas.

STAR Transit is the demand response transit system that operates within the boundaries of St. Tammany Parish.

St. Tammany Parish Government Informational Update with Statement from President Pat Brister

St. Tammany Parish Government Informational Update with Statement from President Pat Brister

St. Tammany Parish Government officials are in the process of transitioning from response mode to recovery mode in the March 2016, heavy rain event. 

“As we move from response mode into recovery mode, we want every person impacted by this flooding event to get the assistance they need, and to have an understanding of what is in place right now, and will be in place soon, to assist them,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We announced yesterday that St. Tammany Parish is now included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana as a designated area, eligible for individual disaster assistance through FEMA. We want every resident to know what this declaration means for their families who now need to start their own recovery process. In addition, your Parish Government is working on processes that will expedite cleanup and recovery efforts for affected families and businesses.” 

Affected families and businesses can apply for disaster relief through www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Residents may qualify for several federal disaster aid programs as needed and warranted under the disaster declaration issued for the State of Louisiana including,  assistance in the form of rental payments for temporary housing, grants for home repairs and the replacement of essential items not covered by insurance, and low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully covered by insurance. To detailed information on what assistance may be available, click here.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, issued an Executive Order yesterday  that waives permit fees for the repairs and/or rebuilding of homes and structures damaged by the effects of this event. All other requirements of the building permit process will remain in place, including, but not limited to; filing for a permit, plan reviews and inspections. 

Construction and demolition debris removal has been activated by Parish Government for affected areas only. Pickup dates will be announced shortly and updated on the Parish information line. Residents are asked to leave flood-related debris curbside.

Offices of Parish Government, including the Emergency Operations Center are scheduled to resume normal business hours beginning Thursday, March 17, 2016. 

Up-to-date information for affected individuals can be found at www.stpgov.org/disaster and by calling (985) 809-2300.

“I would like to sincerely thank all of our partner agencies for their efforts to work together in this event. The National Guard, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Fire Districts, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, the Louisiana State Police, the National Weather Service, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana DOTD, the Red Cross and GOHSEP. We were able to pull together and coordinate efforts to ensure the safety of our citizens,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this incident. We will work together to make every family and business impacted by this flooding, whole again.  As we have always done, St. Tammany Parish will come together as one community and pull through stronger than we were, with the same sense of unity and resiliency that has always bound us together, that is part of our identity — part of what makes us St. Tammany.”  

St. Tammany Parish Receives Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

St. Tammany Parish has received a disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This declaration makes Federal funding available to affected individuals. If you are a resident of St. Tammany, and your home or business was damaged by flood waters in the event beginning March 8, and continuing, you may qualify for help from FEMA.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

Residents who called the preliminary numbers, 985-898-2323, or 211, should proceed to apply for assistance directly through FEMA with the contact information above.

 

Permit Fees for Structures Damaged in the March 2016 Heavy Rain Event in St. Tammany Parish Waived

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, today issued an Executive Order that waives permit fees for the repairs and/or rebuilding of homes and structures damaged by the effects of the March 2016 heavy rain event. All other requirements of the building permit process will remain in place, including, but not limited to; filing for a permit, plan reviews and inspections.

To contact the Department of Planning and Development, Permits visit www.stpgov.org/departments/permits. To read the Executive Order, click here .

 

St. Tammany Parish March 2016 Flooding Update

Number of Sandbags Distributed: Approximately 100,000

 

Number of Shelters Open: 0 (2 Shelters were in operation and closed)

 

Number of Customers Currently Without Electricity: CLECO 19; WST 398

 

Status of I-59 and I-10: Each have seen rising water but no closures at this time. LSP & DOTD monitoring

 

Number of St. Tammany Parish Government Teams conducting Preliminary Damage Assessments: 17

 

Number of Structures Flooded that Preliminary Damage Assessments Have Identified:

 

St. Tammany West: 615 (Assessments are ongoing)

St. Tammany East: (PDAs will be conducted after the water recedes)

 

Number of Roads Currently Closed: The latest count on current road closures is 39. (This is subject to change)

 

Total Number of Roads Closed during the Disaster thus Far: 140 (This is subject to change)

 

St. Tammany Parish Government issued a preliminary phone number for St. Tammany Parish Flood Victims, 985-898-2323.

 

National Guard will stage vehicles at locations on Military Road at Crowes Landing, Morgan Bluff, Fisher Dr., Oak Alley, Herwig Bluff, Turtle Creek, Old River Rd, and at Hwy 190 and Indian Village to prevent rubbernecking. Vehicles and personnel will be there by 11:00 am.

 

Current crest is between Davis Landing and I-10. NWS is only monitoring the Pearl, they can’t give us any approximate times on any tributaries or backwaters. Rate of rising water is slowing down at I-10. Still forecasting crest at I-10 for early this afternoon.

 

The interstate is at elevation 11.7’. Water is holding for now, but DOTD continues to monitor. Water is at 11.06’ as of 10:00 AM near I-10 the water is not on the shoulder.

 

Fritchie Barn open for sandbag pick-up until 3:30 p.m. today.

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED St. Gertrude Subdivision St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

Today (March 14, 2016), Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED Lake Hills Village Lake Hills Water System (PWS 1103128)

Today (March 14, 2016), Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

Preliminary Phone Number for St. Tammany Parish Flood Victims

If you have experienced flooding or damage to your home or property during the March Flood and need assistance, please call 985-898-2323. Call takers there will record your pertinent information, and keep it on record. St. Tammany Parish has not yet received a disaster declaration from FEMA, and therefore FEMA will reroute any calls placed directly to them, back through local government agencies.  When St. Tammany Parish receives a disaster declaration, we will release that information as well as the phone number to call FEMA directly.

St. Tammany Parish Government Relocating Emergency Operations to Towers Building in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Government Officials will move Emergency Operations to the Towers Building in Slidell, in advance of the expected crest of the Pearl River to 21 feet late Monday. The executive staff, and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as several essential employees will relocate by noon today.

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, asked the residents of Pearl River to stay tuned to the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast of river levels in the coming days, and to be prepared to react to conditions that may arise. Parish officials continue to closely monitor the NWS forecasts as well.

Residents wishing to obtain sandbags can do so at the following locations until 7 p.m. tonight: St. Tammany Parish Public Works - Fritchie Barn, 63119 Louisiana 1090 in Pearl River; St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C, 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville; St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, 1305 N. Florida St., Covington.

For more information on river stages, visit the National Weather Service River Forecast Center at: www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc.

 

St. Tammany Parish Officials Asking Residents of Pearl River to be Mindful of River Forecasts

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting that the Pearl River will rise to 19 feet starting on Sunday, March 13, 2016, and it is predicted to crest on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 21 feet. The last time the river reached these stages was the flood of 1983. Officials at the NWS are predicting that impacts will be very different from what they were in 1983, because of the changes in the natural landscape as well as the natural changes in water flow. They are asking residents to be aware of the situation and be prepared to take action if necessary.

“The historical data we have is a very good tool, but in this case, the span of time between similar events has been over three decades,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are urging residents to be alert and stay tuned to what is happening with the Pearl River and to resist the urge to use the last event of this nature as a benchmark of what could occur now, as it may impact your property differently than it did in past events. We are asking that you be prepared to react to conditions that may arise.”

For more information on river stages, visit the National Weather Service River Forecast Center at: www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc.

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