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St. Tammany Officials Asking Residents to Prepare for Cold Temperatures Over the Next Week

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is asking residents to prepare for what could be several of the coldest nights the Parish has seen this Fall.  

“Forecasters are predicting possible wind chills in the 20s and 30s Tuesday and temperatures in the low 20s Wednesday morning,said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are advising everyone to plan for the forecasted weather and to protect people, especially the elderly, pipes, pets and plants.”

She went on to ask that residents should check on their elderly relatives and neighbors, make sure these folks have a reliable, and adequate heating systems. Tammany Utilities advises all residents that in the preparation for a possible hard freeze, residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping exposed pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.

The St. Tammany Community Action Agency is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

 

 

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 9, 2019 as well.

Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

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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Wings & Wheels Cancelled

Wings & Wheels Cancelled

The annual 2019 Wings & Wheels scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, is cancelled because of the National Weather Service forecast of inclement weather on Saturday.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Two free events opened to the public, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, are slated for Saturday, October 26, 2019. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste, and Wings & Wheels gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classic cars and airplanes and at the same time visit the St. Tammany Regional Airport.

“Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers our residents the chance to take advantage of the proper disposal of things that would otherwise be very costly to get rid of, and do so in an environmentally conscious way. Wings & Wheels is a leisurely way to spend a Saturday, while appreciating classic cars and airplanes, and the people who work to keep them in pristine condition” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to come out and enjoy both events.”

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is 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 in the Lacombe area. For a full list of sponsors, as well as a list of what is and what is not accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

Stop by Wings & Wheels 2019 at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, from 10 a.m. – 4p.m., for a free event featuring local area classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. See experimental, high performance aerobatic, WWII and general aviation aircraft on display. This event is dedicated to the preservation of general aviation, classic cars and motorcycles. Airplane rides, food and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Wings & Wheels is sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, Air Reldan and Camellia Beans.

To see more information about these events, visit our Facebook page, @sttammanyparish.

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 Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen (PTC), as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Warnings for Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, as forecasters predict there is potential for PTC Sixteen to develop into Tropical Storm Nestor over the next 24 hours.

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. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government will also be pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post roads. 

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 PTC Sixteen 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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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

A non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed, Monday, October 14, 2019, in observance of Columbus Day. The Department of Animal Services will also be closed Saturday, October 12, 2019, as it is a polling place for the Gubernatorial Primary Election.
 
Office hours resume on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.

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