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Black River Estates Bridge Opens in Madisonville

Black River Estates Bridge Opens in Madisonville

 St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the newly completed Black River Estates Bridge is now open for use by motorists, more than 30 days ahead of its original projected completion date. The bridge, after approximately 25 years in service, was removed and completely replaced through an investment of $790,484.75.

“The replacement of this bridge increases safety for residents in Black River Estates and has increased the useful life of the bridge through modernization, using the most advanced, durable material,” President Cooper said. “We’re confident the residents and visitors to this neighborhood will see improved travel as well.”

 Brown Industrial is the contractor for this project

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Latest Forecast Indicates Higher River Levels Than Originally Predicted

Latest Forecast Indicates Higher River Levels Than Originally Predicted

St. Tammany Parish Officials were notified by forecasters at the National Weather Service this afternoon that the Bogue Falaya River, near Camp Covington is expected to reach 58 feet by midnight tonight, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Flood stage is 45 feet. The River is currently at 54.95 feet. Parish officials continue to monitor the expected severe weather threats. St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents, especially those who live near the Bogue Falaya River at Camp Covington, to please continue to monitor the current and severe weather threat and be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Forecasters are predicting continued severe weather and excessive rainfall into Friday and early Saturday. There is also the potential for wind gusts to 60mph and the possibility of hail.  An additional one to three inches of rain is forecast across parts of St Tammany Parish.  Due to significant past rainfall, flash flooding will be a concern through Saturday morning.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through noon on Saturday.   Heavy and intense rainfall may lead to water covered roadways.  Rivers will continue to rise and possible flooding may happen.

All road updates are posted at www.stpgov.org/storm. Residents are asked to report flooded structures to 985-898-2574. Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell, is closed due to high water. Storm information is posted at www.stpgov.org/storm, and on Parish Social Media channels.

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St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program Underway

St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program or STRAP Underway

 

The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) which will utilize $7.7 million in CARES Act funding from the Department of Treasury, is fully underway. This program is available to assist households that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Tammany Parish Government has opened two locations, one on Koop Drive in Mandeville, and one in Slidell at the Towers building, for in-person applications. Officials are asking that applicants make an appointment to be served, by calling (985) 898-3016 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

“Our offices are up and running, and I am urging citizens who need this assistance to schedule an appointment and apply,” President Cooper said. “We know that many in our community are in need and we are here to ensure these funds are made available to those who need them as quickly as possible.”

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is slated to receive an additional round of funding in the near future. That date and amount have not yet been announced.

 

Rental assistance provided to an eligible household must not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household. The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) is now accepting applications for the following households: 

 

  • Households with an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) which is approximately $56,300 for a family of four;
  • Households that have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and
  • Households that are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Support documentation will be required prior to issuance of payments. Additional information on this program can be found at: www.stpgov.org/departments/grants. Applicants who have questions, or who plan to apply, should email their contact information, including mailing address to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Restrictions on Many Businesses will Ease Under Modified Phase III Order

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that he will closely align with Governor Edwards’ State Order and move St. Tammany Parish into a modified Phase III, easing restrictions on many businesses including restaurants, bars, gyms, and nail and hair salons. Businesses are encouraged to continue to follow guidelines set forth by the State Fire Marshal’s Office in opensafely.la.gov as they resume under this new Order. 

“I am very happy to announce that after a year of strict requirements, the hard work of our citizens and the availability of vaccines has allowed us to increase capacities for our business community,” said President Cooper. “We are looking forward to our continued return to normalcy as more people receive the vaccine and we continue to take personal responsibility through best prevention practices.”

Under President Cooper’s Phase III order, as in the State Order, the Mask Mandate will remain in place.

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St. Tammany Parish Active in Flood Protection and Coastal Restoration Ventures

St. Tammany Parish Active in Flood Protection and Coastal Restoration Ventures

St. Tammany Parish Awarded $10 Million for Nonstructural Flood Risk Reduction Projects

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper recently requested funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for flood risk reduction. Governor John Bel Edwards and CPRA announced earlier this week that St. Tammany has been awarded $10 million in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding from the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) for nonstructural projects.

“Our coastal communities from Slidell to Madisonville are under frequent threat of storm surge and inland flooding, particularly during hurricane season. We greatly appreciate this funding which will support our efforts to implement resiliency and flood risk reduction plans for the benefit of our citizens most negatively impacted,” said President Cooper.

A total of $163 million in funding was awarded to 15 separate projects throughout the State. According to CPRA, all projects were chosen because they align with the long-term resilience objectives of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and the state’s $1.2 billion CDBG-MIT Action Plan, including natural flood management, flood control, and critical infrastructure projects. The funding for these projects is part of the $1.2 billion in federal mitigation funds allocated to the State of Louisiana. 

St. Tammany Parish Government Partnerships Achieve Flood Protection, Marsh Creation and Aquatic Habitat Establishment 

St. Tammany Parish Government recently partnered with the Town of Madisonville, the Pontchartrain Conservancy, and Arcosa Marine to plant 2,400 one-gallon bald cypress trees over a 12-acre area, flanked by the Tchefuncte River in the Madisonville community. The goal of these plantings, on Lake Road, is to create a coastal wetland buffer or Bio-Shield. The trees provide a barrier to waves and can reduce the wave action on the land itself.

“We know that trees offer more than beauty to our community. This collaborative project is in keeping with our ongoing focus on flood protection, protection of our natural resources, and our Replant St. Tammany initiative. Trees are a natural source for flood protection and they offer a natural habitat for wildlife,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “I want to thank all of our partners in this project. We look forward to seeing these saplings mature to enhance the wetlands and increase this natural storm surge defense.”

“The Town of Madisonville greatly appreciated working in conjunction with St. Tammany Parish and Arcosa Marine on the planting of 2,400 bald cypress saplings here in Madisonville,” said Mayor Jean Pelloat. “We feel that this will help tremendously with coastal preservation and with the flooding in town. We look forward to the beautiful growth of the trees in the near future.”

“On average, every 2.7 miles of coastal wetlands can reduce storm surge by up to one foot. As many parts of our region continue to face increasing environmental threats and challenges, it is important for us to restore the wetlands that act as vital lines of defense against damaging storm surge and winds,” said Pontchartrain Conservancy Coastal Scientist Shelby Barrett. “We’re extremely grateful to partner with St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Madisonville and Arcosa Marine on this critical restoration project.”

“Arcosa Marine has a culture that values environmental responsibility and is a part of this community,” said Arcosa Marine Vice President of Operations, Bryson Person. “These are our neighbors, and we are proud to partner with the parish and the town to restore and preserve this habitat while giving something back to the land and the community.”

This project is a continuation of the Replant St. Tammany initiative. Since 2013, St. Tammany Parish Government has planted nearly 62,000 trees throughout 90 acres in St. Tammany to increase flood protection, improve water quality, create and preserve natural wildlife habitat, and help in wave and storm surge reduction in coastal areas.

Watch the video about this project here.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in two separate projects to utilize the recycled Christmas trees from Parish citizens. The trees were part of marsh restoration in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe, and the creation of fish habitat in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge at the Turnaround Fishing Pond in Pearl River.

Watch the video of tree placement in the marsh from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here.

 

 

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Statement by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Positivity Rates

As percent positivity rates in St. Tammany Parish continue to decline, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper thanks residents for their diligence and encourages citizens to utilize opportunities for vaccine availability.

“Our hard work is paying off. At 2%, we are seeing the lowest percent positivity rate in St. Tammany since October of 2020. In addition, beginning Monday, vaccine eligibility opens to every person 16 or older. I urge everyone who wishes to be vaccinated to take this opportunity to receive the vaccine,” President Cooper said. “As we continue to work together, I want to thank every citizen in our community for continuing to do what medical professionals recommend to slow the spread of COVID-19, as we work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

For information regarding COVID-19, including vaccine information and percent positivity statistics, visit www.stpgov.org/covid19.

 

 

 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Remains Closed

Camp Salmen Nature Park Remains Closed

Camp Salmen Nature Park remains closed due to water in the Park and on the nature trails throughout the Park. The Park will reopen when officials determine it is safe for the public.

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. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Closes due to High Water

Camp Salmen Nature Park Closes due to High Water

Camp Salmen Nature Park is closed due to high water on the roadway in the Park and on the nature trails throughout the Park. The Park will reopen when officials determine it is safe for the public.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to ask citizens to stay tuned to local weather as St. Tammany remains under a Flash Flood Watch through the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021.

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. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Thanks Citizens for Support of Drainage Millage Continuation

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Thanks Citizens for Support of Drainage Millage Continuation


St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper thanked citizens for recognizing the importance of the 1.69 drainage millage continuation and choosing to overwhelmingly support the millage.

“The continuation of this revenue will allow us to move forward with identified drainage projects and continue to find ways to increase our resilience in the years to come, as we address the flood protection needs of our citizens,” President Cooper said. “The Parish Council and I agree that proper drainage is critical in protecting both life and property from the threat of flooding. I want to thank citizens for their trust in Parish Government to continue to use this funding responsibly.”

The funds collected from this millage return approximately $3.9 million in revenue annually. Over 70 projects have been funded by this millage in the last 10 years.

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Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops 

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops  

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that effective 5 p.m. today, March 18, 2021, bars located in St. Tammany may now operate at 50% capacity as the Percent Positivity Rate in St. Tammany has moved below 5% for two consecutive weeks, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. 

“St. Tammany citizens have worked hard to adhere to best prevention practices, and many who are eligible are choosing to get the vaccine. These factors are impacting our positivity rates in a good way,” said President Mike Cooper. 

The specific language in Proclamation Number 29 JBE 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Phase 3 of Resilient Louisiana states: “If a bar is located in a parish that has a percent positivity of 5% or less for two consecutive weeks, as determined and published by the Louisiana Department of Health, the bar may operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 250 people, as determined by the State Fire Marshal. Should any parish that opts in subsequently exceed 5% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish shall return to 25% capacity.”

Proclamation Number 29 JBE 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Phase 3 of Resilient Louisiana may be found here
 

 

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Executive Order Initiating Phase III of The Parish's Recovery Plan- March 31, 2021 - March 3, 2021 

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan- March 3, 2021 - February 11, 2021 

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan-February 10, 2021 – January 13, 2021

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan-January 13, 2021 - December 22, 2020

Executive Order Initiating A Modified Phase II of The Parish’s Recover Plan – November 30, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase Three of Recovery Plan - December 4th - November 6, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of Recovery Plan – Outdoor Athletic Venues – October 23, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan November 6th - October 9, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan - Reopening Bars - October 7, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan September 21, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Three of The Recovery Plan September 14, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020

Executive Order Requiring Masks or Facial Coverings in Public Spaces

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Two of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020

Executive Proclamation: State of Emergency For Covid-19 Phase 2 Of Resilient Louisiana 

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan May 15, 2020

Extended Stay At Home Order April 30, 2020

Extended Stay At Home Order April 7, 2020

Executive Order Stay At Home 

Emergency Declaration 03172020 

Emergency Declaration 03132020 

 

 

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