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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to urge residents to prepare for Hurricane Sally today, before the storm makes landfall.

Updates: September 14, 2020

  • St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has communicated with officials at the State level in advance of Hurricane Sally’s expected landfall.
  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
  • The Towers Building in Slidell will close at noon today.
  • The St. Tammany Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has met with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Fire Districts who are on stand-by and ready to respond.
  • There will be no garbage pickup or recycling in St. Tammany, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Citizens are asked to not put any garbage on the curb until the storm has passed.

 

  • St. Tammany Parish engineers are closely monitoring river gauges.
  • The Department of Inspections and Enforcement has asked contractors with active job sites to ensure their job sites are contained.
  • The Department of Public Works distributed a total of 24, 650 sandbags through self-service and assisted distribution on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations, today, Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open until 6 p.m. today or until weather no longer permits. We will update if locations close earlier than 6 p.m.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building  21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

-The following facilities are closed and will remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

-STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

 

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

 

  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.

 

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

 

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper urged residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Sally today and early tomorrow, before the storm makes landfall as what is predicted to be a category one hurricane. Today he signed an Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm.

“I am asking every resident to prepare for a slow-moving storm and potential storm surge and heavy rain that could increase the inland movement of water,” Cooper said. “We are asking people who live in low-lying areas to assess their ability to ride out the storm, and if you feel it’s necessary, move to higher ground.”

Additional updates are as follows:

  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center will partially activate Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 a.m.
     
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations as follows:  Sunday, September 13, 2020, and Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020.

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
  • 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
  • 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
  • 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington
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The following facilities will close at noon Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.


- STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

- Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

  • - The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.
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  • -Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.
     
  • -Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Operational

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace is again operational, and open to marine traffic. Crews made the repair the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020. Parish Government thanks citizens for their patience.

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is closely monitoring Tropical Depression 19. This system is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today, Saturday, September 12, 2020. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the tracks of this system. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its storm protocols and has placed Emergency Operations Liaisons on stand-by for possible activation.

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org; the local media, our website -www.stpgov.org/storm, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized heavy rain and wind event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. He is also asking that citizens clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, please remember to enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Remains Closed

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace remains in the down position and closed to marine traffic due to the mechanical failure noted one week ago. Crews have identified the issue, and the parts needed for repair are on order.

Parish Government anticipates the arrival of the necessary parts within the next 24 hours. When the part arrives, the bridge will be repaired as soon as possible.

We will continue to post changes and updates on the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org, and on the Tammany Trace Facebook page.

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Moving to Phase 3

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Moving to Phase 3

“Moving to Phase 3 is the right thing to do for us at this time, and we appreciate the Governor’s decision. I want to thank him for his continued leadership and his consideration of my formal request, as well as the resolutions put forth by  the St. Tammany Parish Council and the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, requesting the ability to move forward. I have faith in our citizens that we will continue to take personal responsibility to do what is necessary to slow the spread and simultaneously support our local businesses. As I have said from the start of our emergency response to this pandemic, I want to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy,” Cooper said. “We, as a community, have risen to the call, to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our citizens — especially the most vulnerable. We want to begin to resume a sense of normalcy, and to strike the balance for the health of our economy.”

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Kicks off Key Initiative Through Comprehensive Plan Update

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the start of the multi-phased process to update the current comprehensive development plan — one of the key initiatives of his administration — to achieve resilient, sustainable guidelines for future growth in St. Tammany. The current plan was adopted in 1999.

“My goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners, and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community,” Cooper said. “This plan will take a comprehensive, in-depth look at the way we are developing our community now, and how we — our citizens, builders, and Parish Government —ultimately want to see development evolve into the future. It is an opportunity for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future.”

The multi-phased process will address numerous factors and rely heavily on public engagement and public input. The process is designed to address several key elements including: land use, transportation, housing, stormwater impact, flooding, impacts of development on natural resources, and the affordability and sustainability of future developments. The planned outcome will achieve several objectives it will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan parameters. In addition to public input, the plan will also be informed by a 21-member Steering Committee comprised of seven appointed members by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, and 14 members (one appointee each) appointed by the St. Tammany Parish Council. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

Citizens and interested parties will be made aware of upcoming opportunities for public input, expected to begin in the late fall of 2020. All means of connection to communication about the plan and the opportunities for public input will be disseminated through www.stpgov.org, St. Tammany Parish Government social media outlets, the news media, and email blasts from Parish Government.

Asakura-Robinson Consultants, as well as sub-consultants Digital Engineering and River Crossing Strategies, will spearhead and facilitate the phases of the plan, and provide a summary upon completion of the phases. To view the kick-off presentation containing the overview of the plan and a timeline, click here.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Free of COVID-19 Test Shows

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Free of COVID-19 Test Shows

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper received negative results today, from his conventional COVID-19 test administered earlier this week, clearing him of a COVID-19 diagnosis. He plans to return to work in his office at Koop Drive next week.

“I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes while I was in quarantine. I am feeling much better and I am certainly looking forward to resuming my work routine and public activities,” Cooper said. “I feel strongly that quarantining — and following St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocol —was the responsible thing to do, and I appreciate the assistance of my staff while I worked from home during this period.”

Cooper self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution — while he awaited medical clearance, after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and a fever last weekend. He followed St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocols, as well as the advice of medical professionals.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Closed Due to Mechanical Failure

Mechanical Failure has caused the Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace to remain in the down position and closed to marine traffic for what is expected to be approximately one week. Crews have identified the issue, and the parts needed for repair are on order. Changes and updates will be shared on the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org, and on the Tammany Trace Facebook page.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Offers Support for Regional Recovery Phases

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has penned a personal letter to Governor John Bel Edwards asking him to consider regional implementation of COVID-19 recovery phases, in lieu of the current statewide implementation model. In addition, Cooper’s letter asks that the Governor make the criteria for any Parish to enter Phase 3 available to Parish leaders state-wide so that each region can base their decisions on phased re-openings using these criteria. This letter supports similar appeals to the Governor by the St. Tammany Parish Council as well as the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

“As I have said from the start of our emergency response to this pandemic, I want to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy. St. Tammany has risen to the call, as a community, to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our citizens — especially the most vulnerable. We want to use this momentum to move into the next phase, to increase capacity in our small businesses and our restaurants, while keeping precautions in place so that our economy can begin to robustly recover. I have faith in our citizens that we will continue to take personal responsibility to do what is necessary to slow the spread and simultaneously support our local businesses. We want to begin to resume a sense of normalcy, and to strike the balance for the health of our economy.”

Cooper stresses that he wants safety protocols — wearing a mask in public, physically distancing, and practicing personal hygiene — to remain in place going forward. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 90,230 tests have been administered in St. Tammany, with 6,220 total positive cases reported. This is a 6.89% positivity rate.

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