FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 26, 2020
Contact Donald Bourgeois
St. Bernard Parish Update – OCTOBER 26, 2020
Chalmette, LA – St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis has declared a STATE OF EMERGENCY for St. Bernard Parish this morning due to Tropical Storm ZETA and the threat to life and property of the citizens of St. Bernard Parish.
- Administration has ordered 6 pumps to help alleviate any potential flooding
- 4 – 12” pumps will be positioned outside the levee protection system
- 2 – 6” pumps will be positioned inside the levee protection system
President McInnis is urging all Parish citizens to begin their personal preparations for the potential threats imposed by Tropical Storm ZETA.
Tropical Storm ZETA has maximum sustained winds of 70mph currently but is expected to become a hurricane sometime today. ZETA is forecasted to make landfall on WEDNESDAY, October 28th as a Category 1 Hurricane.
President McInnis and the Council would like the citizens of St. Bernard Parish to REMAIN on high alert, knowing that Tropical Storm/Hurricane projections can and will change.
- PLEASE DO NOT PUT OUT ANY TRASH FOR PICKUP THIS WEEK OTHER THAN NORMAL HOUSEHOLD WASTE
- Please pick-up anything on your property that could become a projectile or hazard
- CONTRACTORS AND HOMEBUILDERS ARE ASKED TO SECURE THEIR SITES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
- Parish personnel are currently cleaning drains and pumping down canals
- All internal Parish pumps are operational
- Parish is positioning assets to service the potential needs of the citizens
- NO EVACUATIONS MANDATED YET
Local Commercial Fishermen that are concerned about seeking safe harbor should contact :
Derek Boese, Chief Administrative Officer – Flood Protection Authority – East, for potential lock closures, times and dates.
Everbridge Notification System
St. Bernard Parish uses Everbridge emergency notification system to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths—cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, pager and more—to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents listed in the St. Bernard Parish 911 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but Everbridge allows citizens to self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out. Visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729672#/signup to register.
Businesses can visit https://opensafely.la.gov/ and complete the quick process. They will receive the current life safety and COVID mitigation standards along with a placard to post. The business will then receive real-time updates on changes to include when opening is allowed for the specific type of business.
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