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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that Parish Government has started vegetative,  non-construction debris pickup in unincorporated areas, as well as signed an Emergency Declaration as part of the response to the ongoing impacts of Tropical Storm Olga.

“Parish Government has worked all weekend to maintain our water systems infrastructure in affected areas, remove debris blocking roads, and inform residents of the headway the power companies are making to restore electricity in the wake of this powerful storm,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “Property damage and power loss in St. Tammany has been widespread, resulting from the unpredicted severity of the high winds that caused a massive number of fallen trees, limbs and branches.”

Parish President Brister ordered crews to begin debris pickups this morning, and they will continue through tomorrow evening. A follow-up round of pick-ups will happen later this week. These crews will only remove vegetative, non-construction debris, where the debris is placed in the right-of-way, as Parish workers cannot enter private property to accomplish this task.

Parish Government has had Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews working in the field since before daybreak Saturday morning. These crews were placed on standby Friday afternoon as a precaution, and as part of Parish Government’s Emergency Operations Plan. Tammany Utilities’ water system operations remained uninterrupted due to the diligence of crews who were dispatched as the storm subsided. These crews brought generator power to 15 wells in our system with electricity losses in order to maintain water pressure. As a result of this action, enough pressure was maintained throughout the systems so that no boil advisories were issued by Tammany Utilities. In addition, 35 lift stations went down, however, crews were able to deliver generator power, or manually service the stations to keep all 35 up and running.

Public Works crews were dispatched Saturday morning to perform damage assessments and begin removing trees and debris from Parish roadways. Our crews worked in conjunction with first responders and the power companies to make these roads passable for power company repair crews and the public. Public Works also assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development with tree removal on State Highways. Crews have begun today removing the debris from the sides of the road and from residences, and will continue to remove downed trees once they are freed from power lines by the utility companies. The Public Works crews also assisted law enforcement and public safety agencies by placing stop signs at busy intersections where the traffic signals were not operating.

Parish President Brister continues to monitor and stay on top of utility companies still working to restore power to affected customers. These utility companies are providing updates to Parish Public Works crews to update their progress on removing power lines tangled in fallen trees, so that Public Works may remove debris as soon as it is safe.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Officials Addressing Storm Damage

St. Tammany Parish Government Officials Addressing Storm Damage

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel are currently responding to storm-impacted areas following the overnight landfall of Tropical Storm Olga.

“I have spoken with officials from our power companies, and they have assured me that they are working as quickly as possible to restore power to their customers. Our personnel are on the ground working to remove debris, restore power to our utility facilities and monitoring river levels. We are working in conjunction with local municipalities, State agencies and the public to ensure that services are back as safely and as soon as possible. We will update information as it becomes available,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Any resident who sees a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed, please call the non-emergency dispatch line of your local police department, or the non-emergency dispatch line of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

- Tammany Utilities (TU) crews who were on stand-by, were activated early this morning to bring generators to well pumps to ensure continuity of water service to Tammany Utilities customers. They are working to provide gas-driven pumps to lift stations in certain areas, as many lift stations were left without power from the storm. TU customers in the Goodbee, Madisonville and Covington areas are asked to conserve water if they can to ease the burden on the lift stations without power. TU customers in water systems with multiple wells, may notice lower water pressure as some wells may be without power, and the remaining powered wells are maintaining system pressure. TU customers who need to report water issues should call: 985-276-6400.

- Public Works crews who were on stand-by were activated early this morning at daybreak to begin removing downed trees, power poles, and debris blocking roadways. Approximately six, two to three man crews are currently working. Crews have removed approximately 30 trees from multiple roads in the Covington, Abita Springs, Bush, Talisheek, Mandeville and Hickory areas. In addition, crews assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in removing trees. Crews are waiting to remove trees from several locations that are entangled in power lines. The crews will work with power providers (Cleco, WST or Entergy) to safely remove the trees once power lines are removed. Residents who need to report trees blocking the road should call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at: 985-898-2338. The Sheriff’s Office will relay the message to Public Works crews.

- Tammany Trace crews have been out since daybreak assessing downed trees and power outages on the Tammany Trace. The Lacombe Drawbridge is currently in the up position because of a power outage. Trace patrons must turn around when they get to the bridge. There are numerous trees and considerable debris in several areas along the Trace. Crews are removing the debris as fast as possible. Trace patrons should use caution and be mindful of crews working to remove the debris.

- St. Tammany Parish Government engineers continue to monitor river gauges.

- CLECO, Washington St. Tammany Electric and Entergy are reporting power outages throughout St. Tammany, which they are working to restore.

- The City of Mandeville is reporting that the Lakefront is closed to traffic.

- Parish officials will continue to monitor the weather situation in conjunction with the National Weather Service.

Parish Government will updates through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled Due to the Forecast of Severe Weather

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled Due to the Forecast of Severe Weather

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day— originally scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 — is rescheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 as forecasters are predicting possible severe weather.  The time and location of the event will remain the same—the Centerpoint Park and Ride adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard in the Lacombe area from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

“Safety is our main concern for our volunteers, our vendors, and our residents,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather including rain and high winds, so we felt it was best to err on the side of caution and reschedule. Thank you to our Keep St. Tammany Beautiful staff, our vendors, and our volunteers, for their hard work and efforts in making this possible. “

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Tropical Storm Olga - St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Tropical Storm Olga as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Tammany Parish through the afternoon of Saturday, October 26, 2019.

 

“We ask that residents continue to monitor this storm as it moves closer inland.  In addition, please drive with caution, especially in areas that have standing water,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to implement our storm protocols as needed.”  

 

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning, and will have its Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel on call if needed, out of an abundance of caution. In addition, our engineers are monitoring river gauges. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government is monitoring roadways and has positioned high water signs in areas throughout the Parish where needed. The Public Information Office continues to update these locations through the Waze app.

 

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service, and is closely monitoring the track and intensity of Tropical Storm Olga in the Gulf of Mexico. 

 

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

 

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Eco-Smart Upgrades to St. Tammany Parish Government Facilities Earn Nearly $150,000 in Incentives over Five years

Eco-Smart Upgrades to St. Tammany Parish Government Facilities Earn Nearly $150,000 in Incentives over Five years

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was presented a rebate check today in the amount of $47,364.03, through Cleco’s Power Wise™ Energy Efficiency Program. This check, an incentive for energy-efficient upgrades to Parish facilities, will bring the cumulative incentive total over five years, to $149,790.84.  Cleco estimates that these upgrades will result in savings of over 1,597,650 kWh annually, which is enough electricity to power 133 homes for one year based on an average use of 12,000 kWh a year (1,000 kWh per month). 

“Throughout the five years we’ve participated in this program, we’ve increased our energy efficiency, realized thousands of dollars in cumulative savings in our energy bills, reduced our carbon footprint, and seen immediate earnings of nearly $150,000.00 from Cleco rebates. We also have learned a great deal from Cleco about how and why these small changes make an impact,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Moving forward, we will continue to see all of these same efficiencies, coupled with the continuation of accumulated savings throughout every fiscal year.”

“Being able to offer the latest technology in lighting to our customers is both innovative and rewarding,” said Chaudhry.  “St. Tammany Parish Government has been working to be more energy efficient, and their efforts are paying off.”

The following facility upgrades were made from 2015 – 2019:

Public Works – Tyler Street, Covington, Interior and Exterior

Slidell Towers Building- Interior and Exterior

St. Tammany Parish Wellness Center (Owned by St. Tammany Parish Government/occupied by St. Tammany Parish Hospital) – North Florida Street Covington, Interior and Exterior

Koop Drive Administration Building (Buildings A&B)

Vehicle Maintenance Building –Tyler Street

Fairgrounds Annex

Coroner’s Office

St. Tammany Parish Library Branches:

Slidell Library Exterior

Causeway Library Interior Lighting

Mandeville Library Interior and Exterior Lighting                                                                                                                                                            

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center - The entire facility has been upgraded – Interior and exterior

St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement

Justice Center Parking Garage offices

Public Defenders office

Covington Barn

Fritchie Barn

HWY 59 Barn

Levee Board Building

Non-CLECO properties upgraded:

Brewster Barn

Animal Services

Koop drive “C” building

 

Photo Left to right: Gary Guidroz, Cleco Power Wise Energy Efficiency Program Consultant; Richard Fields, St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Facilities Management Project Manager; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President ; Hammad Chaudhry, Cleco Power Wise Energy Efficiency Program Manager; and David Hursey, Principal Governmental Services Representative

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2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President reminds residents that the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is just over one month away, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Plan to come to the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard.

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. This event is extremely popular, and residents are reminded to expect lines. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than eight feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted. Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Keep St. Tammany Beautiful at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A list of eligible items for disposal can be found at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org .

This event is sponsored by: Keep Louisiana Beautiful; Keep Abita Beautiful; Keep Covington Beautiful; Keep Slidell Beautiful; Keep Lacombe Beautiful; Keep Mandeville Beautiful; Keep Pearl River Beautiful; Keep Madisonville Beautiful; Battery World; Habitat for Humanities; AB&E Potty Cans, Lowes, Home Depot, Waste Management, the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, and the Green Project.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
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Brister, Scalise Celebrate Federal Funding Approved For USACE Feasibility Study Of Possible Corps Flood Control Projects In St. Tammany

Brister, Scalise Celebrate Federal Funding Approved For USACE Feasibility Study Of Possible Corps Flood Control Projects In St. Tammany

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, announced today that a long-standing request of the Federal Government for a feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) of St. Tammany Parish, has now been funded. Scalise, a persistent proponent of the study, has touted its benefits and stressed its importance, as he continually pushed for its funding since the request by St. Tammany was made in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, or WRDA Bill. The study will open the doors for the USACE to determine how they can best implement flood, shoreline protection, and ecosystem restoration measures in St. Tammany.

“This is exciting news for many reasons. This study is the first step in determining how our Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan can be best executed to achieve the highest possible return on our flood, coastal protection, and ecosystem restoration initiatives,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We owe much of this to the efforts of Congressman Scalise, and his determination to assist us in making this a reality. We have seen many areas of Southeast Louisiana receive much needed work by the Corps of Engineers, and we will now see a study begin in St. Tammany. With that comes the strong hope of seeing concrete recommendations for realistic flood control work by the Corps.”

“The $3 million in funding we obtained for the St. Tammany flood reduction study is a big win in our fight to protect communities throughout the Northshore from flooding. This is a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work closely with the Corps to ensure timely delivery of the study's findings," said Congressman Steve Scalise.

The $3 million in immediate funding was approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget and USACE Headquarters, to begin the storm and flood reduction study on the St. Tammany Parish Government Coastal Master Plan, laid out in the 2016 WRDA Bill. The WDRA Bill allows the USACE to provide technical assistance to non-federal entities for site-specific activities, including feasibility studies of proposed water resources development projects.

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Gov. Edwards and DOTD Announce I-12 Widening Project in St. Tammany Parish

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

 

Gov. Edwards and DOTD Announce I-12 Widening Project in St. Tammany Parish

September 05, 2019

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced the details of the $52 million allocation in Federal Redistribution Funds to St. Tammany Parish for the widening of I-12 from US Highway 190 to LA Highway 59. This funding is a portion of the $76.2 million in federal funds received by DOTD that will be used throughout the entire state to quickly advance highway projects. 

"St. Tammany Parish is continuing to see an influx of residents, and the widening of I-12 will benefit the residents and the motorists who travel this stretch of highway. Investing in infrastructure projects like this not only provides much-needed traffic relief to the area, but also boosts the economy and quality of life for Louisianans," said Gov. Edwards. "With more than $2 billion invested in strategic infrastructure projects across the state, this project is just one of the many ways we have made infrastructure a top priority." 

Plans for the I-12 expansion funded by the $52 million in Federal Redistribution Funds, include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. St. Tammany Parish will contribute $8 million to this widening project. This project is scheduled to be let in December of 2019.

“It is not lost on us that this we received the lion’s share of the total allocated State funds, and we are excited that the I-12 project is a priority, soon to become a reality,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have long touted the need for this project, and because of our past collaborative work with the State, our constant communications, and everyone’s commitment to making this happen, this funding will provide safer travel for our citizens.”

In early 2018, DOTD and St. Tammany Parish partnered to apply for a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Grant. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Grant, to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this project are underway. DOTD is also preparing plans for the third phase of I-12 improvements from LA 1077 to U.S. 190.

“It is always a great day when we can announce that the state has received funding to widen another portion of our interstate system. St. Tammany Parish is a rapidly growing area. This three-mile stretch of I-12 alone sees over 70,000 vehicles a day and is expected to increase to over 110,000 vehicles daily in the next 20 years. This widening is vital to the economic growth in this area, as it allows for greater productivity and freight transportation from surrounding states,” said Secretary Wilson.

Additionally, Secretary Wilson discussed the DOTD sponsored Motorist Assistance Patrol (MAP) program that expanded to include parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. This program offers assistance to disabled interstate motorists by providing one gallon of fuel, flat tire change, jump start, water to fill radiator, and the use of a cell phone for additional assistance if needed.

“In Tangipahoa Parish, our people are always on the move, and it’s a great comfort to know that when motorists traveling along portions of I-12 and I-55 here in Tangipahoa run into that occasional car problem—whether it be a flat tire, an overheating radiator, or even running out of fuel—the DOTD Motorist Assistance Patrol will be available to help our people get back on the road safely. This is a great service, and we’re excited that DOTD has expanded this program into our heavily-traveled parish,” said Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller.

This program is highly effective in assisting stranded motorists in Louisiana’s largest metro areas. MAP reduces traffic congestion caused by stalled vehicles and provides safety and comfort to those stranded.

This free service, which began on September 2, provides five additional MAP trucks assigned to patrol weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the following locations.

• I-10 from Michoud (Exit 248) to I-10/ I-12/ I-59
• I-12 from LA 1249 (Exit 35) to I-10/I-12/I-59
• I-55 from Manchac (Exit 15) to LA 3234 (Exit 32)
• Support on I-10 between the I-10/I-12/I-59 and the Mississippi State Line as needed

For detailed maps of coverage areas, please visit www.dotd.la.gov 

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Parish President Brister Secures $52Million More for I-12 Widening

Parish President Pat Brister Secures $52 Million More for I-12 Widening

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that a $52 million State LADOTD allocation of Federal Redistribution Funds will be used for an additional phase to widen I-12, from US Highway 190 to LA Highway 59. This funding is in addition to the $25 million in Federal BUILD Grant funds Parish President Pat Brister secured in December of 2018 for the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190.

“After months of relentless pursuit and countless conversations with State officials to underscore the necessity and importance of the next phase of this project, we are pleased to announce that we got what we asked for — it is funded,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have been working diligently, with the State, to secure this critical road funding for a long time, and couldn’t be happier that our persistence has paid off. Infrastructure improvements and expansion has always been at the top of my list, and we will not stop, or let anything slow us down in accomplishing our plans for roads and infrastructure for St. Tammany.”

Plans for the I-12 expansion announced today, include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million BUILD Grant to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this project are underway. The Governor will be in St. Tammany Parish Thursday to announce further details of this funding, and to see firsthand the location of the slated improvements.

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$2.1 Million Multi–Road and Drainage Improvement Project Begins in Slidell Area

$2.1 Million Multi–Road and Drainage Improvement Project Begins in Slidell Area

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the start of a $2,123,754.54 million multi-road and drainage improvement project in the Eden Isles neighborhood in the Slidell area, and the neighboring E. Howze Beach Road. The project includes a partial rebuild/partial mill and overlay of E. Howze Beach Road from Old Spanish Trail to Oak Harbor Blvd.; partial rebuild/partial mill and overlay of Eden Isles Blvd.; mill and overlay of Harbor and Marina Drives; the re-engineering of the drainage grade to improve flow to culverts; and the addition of designated bike lanes.

“Projects like this — scheduled and necessary maintenance —are opportunities to invest in improvements using the most advanced design, engineering, and materials we have available to us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This makes the project a multi-layered investment, with multiple benefits. We look forward to the finished product.”

The objective of the project is to improve the surface and subsurface foundation in the roads in the Eden Isles and Oak Harbor Area, improved flow to culverts, and the addition of designated bike lanes. On Eden Isles Boulevard, motorists will have access at all times to roads leading into the neighborhood. Motorists should plan for delays, possible construction dust and to be aware of workers in the area as the project gets underway. This project is expected to wrap up in early fall, barring any unforeseen delays. Parish Government will provide updates as necessary.

Photo L to R: Chris Corvers, Project Manager, Department of Public Works/Engineering; Jay Watson, Parish Engineer-Department of Public Works; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; S. Michele Blanchard, Councilwoman District 13; Marc Crawford, Assistant Director Of Public Works Operations, Public Works Department 

$2.1 Million Multi–Road and Drainage Improvement Project Begins in Slidell Area

 

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