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State of Emergency Declared for St. John Parish: Sandbags available

CaptureST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – At 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013, St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom declared a state of emergency for St. John Parish. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local news stations and the parish website for updates.

Residents should be prepared to tolerate unfavorable conditions such as power outages, high water, and possible downed trees and tree limbs following the storm. All loose debris and trash should be removed to assist in preventing blockage in parish drainage systems.   Public Works crews will continue to collect tree limbs this morning until wind levels exceed a level that is safe. Residents can drop off vegetative debris at the incinerator located at the end of Airport Road in Reserve.

Sandbag locations have been positioned throughout the parish.  At this time, residents are limited to 10 bags per person. Bags are on site, but please remember to bring a shovel and do not take additional empty bags.

Sand and bags are available at the locations listed below:

·         Belle Terre Land (front of Foxwood Subdivision) 669 Belle Terre Blvd, LaPlace

·         St. John Community Center at 2900 Hwy 51, LaPlace

·         Captain Bourgeois (pre-filled sandbags for elderly & disabled only)

·         Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643, Pleasure Bend

·         Fire Station #62 located at 378 Railroad Avenue, Reserve

·         Airport Road, Reserve

·         Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St., Garyville

·         Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Hwy 18, Edgard

“We are fully prepared for a potential heavy rain event,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “All pump stations are operational and crews are on stand-by.”

The SJBP Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Karen and will remain in contact with the National Weather Center and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Additional information will be release to residents as it becomes available.

Announcements:

All St. John Parish Recreation Department activities have been cancelled for the weekend.

No road closures at this time.

Garbage service will assume normal operations on Friday with the Friday route. A decision has not been made on Saturday’s route at this time.

Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at http://viewoutage.entergy.com/la.aspx