Tangipahoa Parish
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

 

Tropical Storm Issac

Gov. Jindal Urges Louisianians to Get Prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac, Encourages Voluntary Evacuations in Hurricane Watch Areas

BATORN ROUGE – Following a meeting of the Unified Command Group at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Governor Bobby Jindal urged Louisianians to get prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac and encouraged voluntary evacuations for people in parishes in the hurricane watch zone that are in low lying areas, areas South of the Intracoastal Waterway and areas outside of levee protection.

Governor Jindal said, “Tropical Storm Isaac continues to track westward and a hurricane watch is in effect for 15 Louisiana parishes. This includes the New Orleans metro area and the parishes adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain. The National Weather Service expects the storm to become a hurricane in the next 12 hours and the current forecast shows it will become a Category 2 at landfall.

“We are encouraging everyone to get prepared now to ensure that you have an evacuation plan in place, plenty of water, non-perishable food items, hygiene supplies, sufficient clothing, and any prescription medications you or your family may need in the event of the storm. We are urging Louisianians to stay alert and monitor local weather conditions in their area. As with every storm, we always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

“State and local officials are taking a number of steps to protect our people and property from the storm. In addition to issuing a State of Emergency for the storm, we are in touch with parish leaders and we are recommending voluntary evacuations within the hurricane watch area. Specifically, this is for people in low lying areas, areas outside of levee protection, and areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway.”

Parishes in the Hurricane Watch area include:

· Orleans
· St. Bernard
· Plaquemines
· Jefferson
· St. Charles
· Lafourche
· Terrebonne
· Assumption
· St. James
· St. John
· Ascension
· Livingston
· Tangipahoa
· St. Tammany
· Washington

PARISH STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION
· Some parishes have declared a state of emergency, including:
o Jefferson Parish
o Orleans Parish
o Plaquemines Parish
o St Charles Parish

AGENCY UPDATES

COASTAL

· CPRA is coordinating with the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as area levee and conservation districts, to monitor rising water levels to determine appropriate times to close flood and navigation gates on area waterways if necessary.

· CPRA is also coordinating with levee districts and parish emergency operations centers to monitor water levels on area levee systems and identify potential deficiencies to determine if additional assets are needed for potential flood fighting from elevated tides, storm surges or rainfall.

· Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East:

o Lake Borgne Levee District – Closed all gates on the Chalmette loop and will close Bayou Bienvenue structure today.

o Orleans Levee District - closed 40 non-essential gates yesterday.


· Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West Field crews activated, and will begin closing non-essential gates today.


· Corps of Engineers is considering closure today of the IHNC (Inner Harbor Navigational Channel), the massive floodwall that reduces the risk of storm surge from Lake Borgne pushing into St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans East, the 9th Ward, and Metro New Orleans.

Reports from Parishes
South Lafourche Levee District

· System is open to navigation and lock closure will be reevaluated tomorrow morning.

Jefferson Parish

· In the Laffite area, the state has repurposed $150,000 for emergency flood fighting

· In Grand Isle, emergency work is being done on back levee between Orange and Walnut Streets, and on Caminada levee around Hebert Street.

Plaquemines Parish

· CPRA offering assistance should back levees need raising or additional protection needed for Highway 23.

· Coordinating closure of gaps in ongoing Corps projects. Corps is going to make all closures with existing contractors on site.


Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District (TLCD)

· All gates and structures remain open at this time. TLCD encouraging all marine boaters to keep a close watch on updates, and to mobilize marine vessels to safe positions. Anticipating closure of some structures late tomorrow (Monday) afternoon.


NATIONAL GUARD

· Governor Jindal has authorized the National Guard to mobilize up to 4,000 Guardsmen to help support the effort. The National Guard also has 75 generators positioned if needed.


DOTD

· The state is activating contracts to provide buses to help with evacuations. By tomorrow, 200 buses will be available.

· The Department of Education has also identified 50 buses, and if schools close, there will be approximately 150 buses from schools.

· DOTD has also stopped collecting tolls on LA-1.


SHELTERING/CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES/DHH

· The state has 27,400 slots for critical transportation needs beds, medical needs beds and point to point shelters. In addition, Red Cross has 28,000 beds available.

· DCFS is also working with day care and residential licensed facilities, as well as foster care parents, to ensure they have a plan in place.

· DHH has provided a notice to members, including hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis network, and other medical institutions to update recall rosters, top-off generators, and take other preparatory actions for institutional readiness.



WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

· Coastal and Nongame Division personnel will begin securing all loose gear and small equipment items at coastal wildlife management area offices.

· Additionally, all vehicles and boats will be fully fueled in preparation for any evacuation measures that may be required.

· Over 200 agents and vessels are on standby, monitoring the storm and preparing search and rescue equipment. The Enforcement Division will move equipment from the coastal parishes that may be in harm’s way to the north.

· The Office of Fisheries will begin securing all loose gear and equipment items.



DNR

· DNR has required Texas Brine to develop a plan to ensure safe operations in the area of the drilling operations and sinkhole in assumption parish.

· Prior to landfall, the drilling derrick will be layed down, all equipment will be secured and work will stop and personnel evacuated if necessary.

· DNR staff will remain on site to oversee these operations until the site is secured and evacuation begins.

· 50 percent of offshore oil production and 40 percent of natural gas production has been shut in. As the storm continues to move west, 90 percent of oil production and 75 percent of natural gas production is expected to be shut in.



CORRECTIONS

· All state correctional facilities and Probation and Parole District Offices were notified on Friday to review pre-storm plans and take necessary action (such as checking generators, topping fuel tanks, checking food and supply inventories, securing computer equipment, etc.).

· The Department of corrections is working with coastal parishes to evacuate any inmates that need to be evacuated, starting with those in temporary facilities


JUVENILE JUSTICE

· If necessary, the Bridge City Center for Youth near New Orleans will evacuate youth to Jetson Center for Youth in Baker. Jetson is ready to receive the youth.



DEQ

· DEQ has 201 approved debris sites identified for the post-storm response.

 

Isaac Update 8/27 12:00 PM

Tangipahoa Parish President hosted a public safety stakeholder meeting this morning at 9:00am.  The meeting was attended by representatives and elected officials from every agency in the parish including law enforcement, social service, municipal, parish and state agencies. All state, parish, and municipal agencies have a coordinated plan of action and response for Tropical Storm Isaac.

WIND PRECAUTIONS:

Tangipahoa Parish is expected to receive tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) beginning as early as Tuesday morning.  Winds are expected to increase to sustained winds of 60 - 80 mph for a 36 hour period with gusts up to 100mph.  Residents are encouraged to secure pets, outdoor furniture, and items that may become projectiles.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION:

Effective immediately, Tangipahoa Parish President, Gordon Burgess has called for a voluntary evacuation of all areas south of Hwy 22.  The is due to anticipated flooding in low lying areas as a result of expected 14-18" of rain coupled with an anticipated 6 to 10 foot tidal surge.

MANDATORY EVACUATION:

Tangipahoa Parish President, Gordon Burgess has called for a mandatory evacuation of extreme southern portions of Tangipahoa Parish effective at 5:00pm today.  This includes:  the Manchac area, the Akers community, Lee's Landing, and all areas south of Wadesboro and Weinberger Roads.  The mandatory evacuation  is due to anticipated coastal flooding in these areas as a result of expected 14-18" of rain coupled with an anticipated 6 to 10 foot tidal surge.

SHELTERS:

Tangipahoa Parish will open six public shelters of last resort today at 5:00PM.  Shelters are staffed to provide security and shelter only.  Residents who utilize the parish shelters should bring food, water, bedding, medications, and any other personal items that they may need.  Shelter locations are as follows:   Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.  We encourage residents to check on the elderly in the community.  Residents who evacuate to shelters with pets:  must have the pet in a carrier, with an adequate leash, collar, food, bowls, and medications.  Please note that the pets will be transported to a separate site for housing and care.  PETS WILL NOT BE HOUSED AT THE SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS.  Anyone needing assistance with their evacuation may register online at www. tangisafe.com  (Evacuation Help Tab) or by phone with their local fire department.


SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER:

The state has not made an announcement regarding the opening of a special needs shelter in Tangipahoa Parish.  Any residents with special needs needing shelter, should report to the LSU Field House in Baton Rouge with a caregiver.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

All Tangipahoa Parish Government offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Essential parish workers are to report to work in accordance with the parish emergency response plan.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH REGIONAL LANDFILL:

The Tangipahoa Parish Regional Landfill will remain open until Noon tomorrow, if weather conditions allow.  The facility will be closed all day Wednesday.  An assessment will be made by landfill staff after to storm to determine when the facility will reopen for business.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH  SCHOOLS:

All Tangipahoa Parish public schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 and 29 due to Tropical Storm Isaac. All after-school activities scheduled for today, tomorrow, and Wednesday have been cancelled. The Tangipahoa Parish School System website (www.tangischools.org) and the School System Emergency and Weather Hotline (985-748-2450 or 1-877-432-1490) will have updated information as it becomes available.

Oak Forest Academy in Amite will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

VILLAGE OF TICKFAW:

Tickfaw City Hall will NOT be used as a shelter.  It will be used for maintenance and office operations only.  Water and Sewer will be up and running.  Tickfaw will NOT be issuing sand bags.  You may reach Tickfaw city hall at 985-542-9249, Mayor Lamonte at 985-507-5714, Maintenance at 985-507-8794, or the Municipal Clerk at 985-320-0020.

 

SAND BAGS:

The parish is currently distributing sand bags at both of the parish road and bridge facilities in Hammond at 44512 West Pleasant Ridge Road and in Roseland at 63101 Commercial Street.  Residents may get up to 25 sand bags per residence.

 

 

Isaac Update 8/27 3:00 PM

NOTICE:  WE WILL STOP ACCEPTING REQUEST FOR EVACUATION HELP AT 8:00 PM 8/27/2012.

SENIOR CENTER CLOSINGS:

All Council on Aging senior centers, meal sites and transportation services will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Services will resume Thursday, if possible.

 

TANGIPAHOA PARISH COURTHOUSE:

All Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  All courts in Tangipahoa Parish (AMITE) will be closed Tuesday, August 28, 2012 and Wednesday, August 29, 2012, due to the hurricane.  Persons who have criminal notices for those days have until Friday, September 14, 2012, to come to the Office of the District Attorney and receive a new court notice.  Persons who do not appear before September 14, 2012, will have an attachment issued for them.

LALLIE KEMP MEDICAL CENTER:

LALLIE KEMP MEDICAL CENTER in Independence, Louisiana will not have any out-patient services, including out-patient chemotherapy therapy, out-patient surgery, and clinic appointments on Tuesday, 08/28 and Wednesday, 08/29. We hope to resume all services on Thursday, 08/30.

 

SAND BAG DISTRIBUTION:

So far, parish workers have given out over 8,000 sand bags.  The parish is currently distributing sand bags at both of the parish road and bridge facilities in Hammond at 44512 West Pleasant Ridge Road and in Roseland at 63101 Commercial Street.  Residents may get up to 25 sand bags per residence.

 

 

8/28 8:30 Southeast HTF Conference Call

Tangipahoa Parish will host a  8:30am sharp Southeast HTF Conference Call concerning TS Isaac in the Tangipahoa Parish EOC. We will have NWS Slidell on the phone for a weather update.  State agencies will be on the call to provide an agency update.

We ask that you send one person from your agency if you are not able to attend. We will address any concern at this time.

North Oaks Health Systems

North Oaks Health System Announces Response to Tropical Storm Isaac

 

[HAMMOND, LA]—In response to Tropical Storm Isaac, North Oaks Health System will close the following outpatient services at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 28 until further notice:

  • All North Oaks-owned and operated Primary, Specialty and Walk-In Clinics in Hammond, Independence, Livingston, Ponchatoula and Walker
  • North Oaks Diagnostic Center in Hammond
  • North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex in Livingston
  • North Oaks Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Hammond and Livingston
  • All Community Education Classes and Support Group Meetings in Hammond and Livingston.

 

The elective and outpatient surgery schedule will be fulfilled through 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28 and has been canceled for Wednesday, August 29. 

 

North Oaks Medical Center will remain open to care for hospitalized patients and provide emergency services, and North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital also will remain open to care for hospitalized patients for the duration of the storm.

 

Effective at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, the North Oaks Medical Center campus may only be accessed from North Oaks Drive at its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 51 Business/Veterans Blvd. North Oaks Drive will be closed from its intersections with Emergency Services Drive and Club Deluxe Road. Also at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August. 28, North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital may only be accessed from the main entrance.

 

North Oaks has activated a Public Information Hotline at (985) 230-INFO [4636] to provide further updates on the health system’s response as they become available. Information on medical preparations and updates on the availability of physician office hours for North Oaks Medical Staff members and area retail pharmacies will be posted to www.northoaks.org/storm as they develop.

 

North Oaks also will share updates as needed with the Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish Offices of Emergency Preparedness and the following broadcast media partners:

  • www.an17.com
  • KSLU 90.9 FM
  • WFPR 1400 AM
  • WHMD 107.1 FM
  • Tangi 96.5 FM
  • WJBO 1150 AM
  • WWL AM 870/FM 105.3.

A Personal Medical Information Form is available for download at www.northoaks.org/storm to complete on each member of your family and to store in your emergency supply kit to track your health information.

 

Isaac Update 8/28 11:00 AM

WIND PRECAUTIONS:

Tangipahoa Parish is expected to receive tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) beginning  this afternoon.  Winds are expected to increase to sustained winds of 40 - 60 mph for a 24-36 hour period with gusts up to 70 mph.  Residents are encouraged to secure pets, outdoor furniture, and items that may become projectiles.

SHELTERS:

Tangipahoa Parish has opened six public shelters of last resort  Shelters are staffed to provide security and shelter only.  Residents who utilize the parish shelters should bring food, water, bedding, medications, and any other personal items that they may need.  Shelter locations are as follows:   Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.  We encourage residents to check on the elderly in the community.  Residents who evacuate to shelters with pets:  must have the pet in a carrier, with an adequate leash, collar, food, bowls, and medications.  Please note that the pets will be transported to a separate site for housing and care.  PETS WILL NOT BE HOUSED AT THE SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS.

SAND BAG DISTRIBUTION:

Due to the impending onset of Tropical Storm force winds in Tangipahoa Parish, all parish sand bag distributions center are closed.  So far, parish workers have given out over 16,000 sand bags.

Isaac Update 8/28

Shelter Update
7:00 PM

Tangipahoa Parish has 965 residents in seven(7) parish shelters and 3 companion pets are being care for by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter

5:00 PM

Tangipahoa Parish currently has 750 residents in seven (7) shelters and 3 companion pets are being care for by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter.

Shelter locations are as follows:   Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School. 

 

CURFEWS:

The Town of Amite City will have a curfew from 10:00pm tonight until 6:00am, Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

The Town of Independence will have a curfew from dusk tonight until dawn, Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

 

POWER OUTAGES:

Entergy reports that nearly 4,000 customers in the Hammond area lost power.  Power has been restored to all but about 500 homes and work continues to restore those as well.

 

TREES DOWN:

Storm winds blew down trees on N. Thibodeaux Road one(1) mile North of Hwy 22 and on South Range Road.  Parish crews have removed the trees and have reopened both roadways.

 

SHELTERS:

Shelters are staffed to provide security and shelter only.  Residents who utilize the parish shelters should bring food, water, bedding, medications, and any other personal items that they may need.  Shelter locations are as follows:   Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.  We encourage residents to check on the elderly in the community.  Residents who evacuate to shelters with pets:  must have the pet in a carrier, with an adequate leash, collar, food, bowls, and medications.  Please note that the pets will be transported to a separate site for housing and care.  PETS WILL NOT BE HOUSED AT THE SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS.

Isaac Update 8/29

5:30 PM

CAUTION:

Trees down with power lines.  The public is urged to stay away from these areas:

(NEW)  North Cooper Road

(NEW) Ford Cemetery Road

(NEW) Russelltown Road near river bridge

East Cooper Road

East and West Pleasant Ridge Road

Bennett Road

Douglas O'Neil Road

Old Genessee Road

Marty Lane

 


4:00 PM

USE CAUTION:

Report from Louisiana State Police - I-55 and US 51 north of Manchac at the Ponchatoula exit. 

Winds have power lines whipping and sparking. 

Entergy crews have been notified and will respond as soon as possible.

Please use caution if you are in that area.

 

 

CURFEWS FOR TANGIPAHOA PARISH:

The Village of Tangipahoa will have a dusk to dawn curfew until further notice. 

The Town of Amite City will have a curfew from 10:00pm tonight until 6:00am, until further notice.

The Town of Independence will have a curfew from dusk tonight until dawn, until further notice.

 

 

ALL PARISH GOVERNMENT OFFICE WILL RE-OPEN THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012.  ALL PARISH EMPLOYEES ARE TO REPORT TO WORK TOMORROW MORNING.

 

COURT WILL RESUME AT THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH COURTHOUSE FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012.

 

North Oaks Health System Continues to Respond to Tropical Storm Isaac

 

[HAMMOND, LA]—North Oaks Medical Center remains open to care for hospitalized patients and those in need of critical emergency services. North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital also remains open to care for hospitalized patients. 

Due to dangerous travel conditions caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, elective surgeries and outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and infusion therapy appointments for Thursday, August 30 have been cancelled. In addition, North Oaks physician and walk-in clinics will remain closed, and health education classes and support group meetings are canceled until further notice.

The North Oaks Medical Center campus may be accessed from North Oaks Drive at its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 51 Business/Veterans Blvd. North Oaks Drive has been closed from its intersections with Emergency Services Drive and Club Deluxe Road. North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital may be accessed from the main entrance.

An update on the status of North Oaks’ elective and outpatient services for Friday, August 31 will be announced on Thursday, August 30 via the North Oaks Public Information Line at (985) 230-4636, www.northoaks.org, the Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish Offices of Emergency Preparedness at www.tangiparishohsep.org and www.lpoep.org, and the following broadcast partners:

•        KSLU 90.9 FM

•        WFPR 1400 AM

•        WHMD 107.1 FM

•        Tangi 96.5 FM

•        WJBO 1150 AM

•        WWL AM 870/FM 105.3

•        www.an17.com.


1:00 PM

SHELTER UPDATE:

As of NOON, Tangipahoa Parish has 1,044 residents in seven(7) parish shelters and 3 companion pets are being care for by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter.

 

POWER OUTAGES:

There are approximately 25,461 entergy customers in Tangipahoa Parish without power.  Outages are mostly in the Natalbany, Hammond, Pumpkin Center, Ponchatoula, and Tangipahoa areas with some spotty outages throughout the parish.

 

CURFEW FOR THE VILLAGE OF TANGIPAHOA:

From Mayor Michael Jackson - Due to power failure within the Village of Tangipahoa. A Dusk to Dawn curfew will be enforced until further notice.


12:15 AM

BARGES IN SOUTH PASS HAVE BEEN SECURED:

The owner of the barges has successfully secured the barges in south pass.

 

SCHOOL UPDATE:

Oak Forest Academy in Amite has cancelled classes until Tuesday morning.


11:00 AM

 

ROAD HAZARD:

Sheriff’s Office has reported a transformer & pole lying in road on Stafford Road by Hwy 1046.  Entergy can’t go out because of the wind speeds.

 

Power outages in Tangipahoa Parish:

WST is currently reporting approximately 2,500 homes without power.

Entergy is currently reporting 16,527 without power.

 

TANGIPAHOA PARISH SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Superintendent Mark Kolwe announced that all Tangipahoa Parish public schools will remain closed Thursday and Friday, August 30 - 31, 2012 due to Hurricane Isaac. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 after Labor Day. Twelve month TPSS employees will be notified as to when they should report back to work. The Tangipahoa Parish School System website (www.tangischools.org) and the School System Emergency and Weather Hotline (985-748-2450 or 1-877-432-1490) will have updated information as it becomes available.

 

BARGE UPDATE:

Local and state officials are on the scene monitoring the situation.  The Coast Guard and the tug boat company are unable to work in the area until the weather subsides.  The owner is attempting to secure the barges from shore.


10:30 AM


Southeastern Louisiana University

From Dr. John Crain, SLU President:

There are no significant problems on campus.

International students and students unable to return home are being sheltered at the University Center.

Southeastern and it's satellite locations will remain close for class through Friday.  The University anticipates returning to class on Tuesday, September 4th following the Labor Day holiday.


9:00 AM

ALERT:

Tangipahoa Parish EOC has received a warning that there is a group of barges in the south pass of Manchac that are now being held by a single line.  If these barges break loose, they have the potential to damage the railroad, US Hwy51, and/or I-55 bridges at Manchac.  The public is urged to use extreme caution until the barges can be secured.  The barges' owner, Davey Shoring, is in route to scene. The operator,  Crosby Tugboats, will not dispatch tugboats to secure the barges due to the weather conditions.  The La. State Police, Canadian National Railroad and US Coastguard has been contacted and are in route.   

 

SHELTER:

As of 7am, Tangipahoa Parish has 1,007 residents in seven(7) parish shelters and 3 companion pets are being care for by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter.

 

POWER OUTAGES:

There are approximately 9,600 customers in Tangipahoa Parish without power.  Outages are mostly in the Hammond, Pumpkin Center, and Ponchatoula areas with some spotty outages throughout the parish.

 

TREES & ROAD CLOSURES:

The parish has workers in route to remove a downed tree on Mike Cooper Road off of Hwy 445.  There are no other reported road closures at this time.  To report down trees please contact the EOC  at 985-748-3211.

Isaac Update 8/30

SHELTERS AT KENTWOOD HIGH MAGNET SCHOOL AND HAMMOND WESTSIDE MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  ARE FULL. 

 

PLEASE USE ALTERNATE SHELTERS AT:

AMITE HIGH SCHOOL

HAMMOND JUNIOR HIGH MAGNET SCHOOL

NATALBANY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NESOM MIDDLE SCHOOL


EMERGENCY EVACUATION:

BASED UPON THEIR CURRENT HELICOPTER FLY OVER, GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL AND PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS HAVE CALLED FOR AN IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF THE TOWN OF KENTWOOD.  A 2PM PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 206 EAST MULBERRY ST IN AMITE, LOUISIANA.


EMERGENCY EVACUATION:

MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK IS DAMAGED BUT HAS NOT FAILED.  OUT OF CAUTION, TANGIPAHOA PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS CONTINUES TO  CALL FOR A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER.

Shelter locations are as follows:   Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL AND PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS HAVE CALLED A 2PM PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 206 EAST MULBERRY ST IN AMTE, LOUISIANA.


EMERGENCY EVACUATION:

MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK IS FAILING.  TANGIPAHOA PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS IS CALLING FOR A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER.

Shelter locations are as follows:   Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.


EMERGENCY ALERT:

MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT OF AN "IMMINENT FAILURE" OF THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK.  THIS FAILURE IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLOODING ALONG THE ALREADY SWOLLEN TANGIPAHOA RIVER.  RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS.

Entergy

Temporary Customer Information Centers (CICs) where you can meet with us to discuss your outage are now open in Louisiana. To locate a CIC near you, visit http://entergy.com/cic/Default.aspx.

 

HAMMOND DISTRICT OFFICE

2200 W CHURCH ST
406 - HAMMOND
HAMMOND, LA 70401

Additional Info:
Open Beginning: Saturday, September 01, 2012 until Thursday, December 31, 2099
Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
 

AMITE SERVICE CENTER

421 S. FIRST STREET
401 - AMITE
AMITE, LA 70422

Additional Info:
Open Beginning: Saturday, September 01, 2012 until Thursday, December 31, 2099
Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM


North Oaks to Resume “Business as Usual” for Elective & Outpatient Services on Friday, August 31

 

Business as usual continues at North Oaks Medical Center and North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital with the following elective and outpatient services also resuming regular hours of operation post-Hurricane Isaac on Friday, August 31:

  • All North Oaks-owned and operated Physician and Walk-In Clinics in Hammond, Livingston, Ponchatoula and Walker
  • North Oaks Same Day Surgery in Hammond
  • North Oaks Surgery Center in Hammond
  • North Oaks Diagnostic Center in Hammond
  • North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex in Livingston
  • North Oaks Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Hammond and Livingston
  • North Oaks Sleep Disorders Center in Hammond
  • North Oaks Hospice in Hammond.

 

The exception is North Oaks Primary Care Clinic in Independence, which will remain closed until electricity is restored.

North Oaks Drive is now open from Club Deluxe Road and U.S. Hwy. 51 Business/Veterans Blvd.

As a community service, the North Oaks team is tracking the reopening plans of physician clinics of North Oaks Medical Staff members and area retail pharmacies, gas stations, grocery stores, banks and other helpful resources at www.northoaks.org.

When North Oaks Primary Care Clinic in Independence reopens, confirmation will be shared via www.northoaks.org, the North Oaks Public Information Line at (985) 230-INFO [4636] and local print and broadcast media.


North Oaks Reopens Walk-In Clinic in Hammond and Outpatient Infusion Therapy

North Oaks Walk-In Clinic in Hammond will be open today, August 30, 2012 until 9 p.m. to treat most illnesses and minor injuries. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is located at 1900 S Morrison Blvd within North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information on walk-in clinic services, call (985) 230-5726.

North Oaks Outpatient Infusion Therapy at North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital also will be open today until 5 p.m. For more information, call Outpatient Infusion Therapy at (985) 230-1660.

North Oaks Medical Center remains open to care for hospitalized patients and critical emergency services, and North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital remains open to care for hospitalized patients.

North Oaks is planning for business as usual for all elective surgeries and outpatient diagnostic and rehabilitation services, physician clinics and remaining walk-in clinics on Friday, August 31.  

Confirmation of services reopening for Friday, August 31 will be shared after 5 p.m. Thursday, August 30 via the North Oaks Public Information Line at (985) 230-4636, www.northoaks.org, the Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish Offices of Emergency Preparedness at www.tangiparishohsep.org and www.lpoep.org, and the following broadcast partners:

•        KSLU 90.9 FM

•        WFPR 1400 AM

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Drinking Water Advisories

Tangipahoa Village

Lights are back on, and Water well are operational within the Village. Residents are advised to BOIL YOUR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE from Village officials.

Evacuation Information

Based upon the latest information from the Governor's Office and the National Weather Service, Parish President Gordon Burgess has lifted the mandatory evacuation of areas within 1/2 mile of the Tangipahoa River as a result of the threat of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam.  Residents in areas where the flood waters have receeded may return to their homes.  There is still substantial flooding along the Tangipahoa River which is expected to crest at Hwy 190 sometime today.

 

The mandatory evacuation for :  the Manchac area, the Akers community, Lee's Landing, and all areas south of Wadesboro and Weinberger Roads remains in effect.

 

Flood Stages Kentwood

Post Isaac Update

Isaac Update 9/1

Tangipahoa Parish Government

Press Release:

River update

9:30pm 09-01-2012

PRESS CONTACT: Jeff McKneely Jeff@tangipahoa.org or 985-748-3211

 

The mandatory evacuation of areas within 1/2 mile of the Tangipahoa River as a result of the threat of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam has been rescinded.

 

Residents in areas where the flood waters have receeded may return to their homes.

 

There is still substantial flooding along the Tangipahoa River which according to the national weather service is expected to crest at Hwy 190 sometime tomorrow and will stay above flood stage through September 7th. Attached is a link to the national weather service site.

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=robl1

 

Due to continued flooding and the threat of additional flooding:

 

The mandatory evacuation for : the Manchac area, the Akers community, Lee's Landing, and all areas south of Wadesboro and Weinberger Roads remains in effect.

The voluntary evacuation for Tangipahoa Parish south of Hwy 22 remains in effect.

 

Residents who need assistance to evacuate should call 985-748-3211. For emergencies, call 911.

 

Parish shelters remain open at:

Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, and Natalbany Elementary School.

 

Tangipahoa Parish requested along with other parishes for FEMA disaster assistance. Tangipahoa Parish was not authorized based upon the initial FEMA damage estimates, but FEMA officials are scheduled to be in Tangipahoa Parish on Monday to do an "on the ground" damage assessment to determine if Tangipahoa Parish has enough damage to qualify for individual assistance.

 



 

Isacc Update 9/2

02:30pm

RESIDENTS MAY NOT RETURN TO ANY AREAS THAT REMAIN FLOODED UNTIL THE WATERS HAVE RECEDED.  HOWEVER, THE PREVIOUS MANDATORY AND VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS FOR TANGIPAHOA PARISH ARE LIFTED FOR RESIDENTS WHERE THE WATER HAS RECEDED.

All residents are advised to use good judgment in returning to their homes in areas where the flood waters have receded. 

 

There is still substantial flooding along the Tangipahoa River and other creeks and streams.  The Tangipahoa River, according to the national weather service, has crested at Hwy 190.  The most current reading is 22.87 ft at 12:30pm. The river is projected to recede at a more rapid rate than projected yesterday.  It is now projected to fall below major flood stage of 21 ft. by 1:00pm tomorrow, moderate flood stage of 18 ft. by 1:00am Wednesday, and fall below flood stage of 15 ft by 1:00 am Thursday.  Attached is a link to the national weather service site for the most up to date river stages. 

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=robl1

 

At 6pm today, Parish shelters at Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, and Natalbany Elementary School will be closed and consolidated into one new shelter at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1503 Pecan Street in Hammond.

 

Tangipahoa Parish requested along with other parishes for FEMA disaster assistance.  Tangipahoa Parish was not authorized based upon the initial FEMA damage estimates, but FEMA officials are scheduled to be in Tangipahoa Parish on Monday to do an "on the ground" damage assessment to determine if Tangipahoa Parish has enough damage to qualify for individual assistance.

 

In order to assist FEMA's damage assessment, the parish has created a web page for residents to input their estimated damage. http://www.tangiparishohsep.org/damage-information.aspx

 


The mandatory evacuation of areas within 1/2 mile of the Tangipahoa River as a result of the threat of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam has been rescinded. 

 

Residents in areas where the flood waters have receeded may return to their homes. 

 

There is still substantial flooding along the Tangipahoa River which according to the national weather service has crested at Hwy 190 lower than projected yesterday and will recede at a more rapid rate than projected yesterday. It is now projected to stay above flood stage through September 6th.  Attached is a link to the national weather service site. 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=robl1

Tangipahoa River at Robert

 

Due to continued presence of  flood water:

The mandatory evacuation for :  the Manchac area, the Akers community, Lee's Landing, and all areas south of Wadesboro and Weinberger Roads remains in effect.

The voluntary evacuation for Tangipahoa Parish south of Hwy 22 remains in effect.

Residents who need assistance to evacuate should call 985-748-3211.  For emergencies, call 911.

 

Parish shelters remain open at:

Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, and Natalbany Elementary School.

 

Tangipahoa Parish requested along with other parishes for FEMA disaster assistance.  Tangipahoa Parish was not authorized based upon the initial FEMA damage estimates, but FEMA officials are scheduled to be in Tangipahoa Parish on Monday to do an "on the ground" damage assessment to determine if Tangipahoa Parish has enough damage to qualify for individual assistance.

Isaac Update 9/3

Entergy asks that any customers still without power should call 1-800-968-8243 and report your outage.  Entergy has restored power to 96.1% of its Tangipahoa Parish Customers.

 

SDT/Progressive Waste has resumed normal garbage services for Tangipahoa Parish.

 

RESIDENTS MAY NOT RETURN TO ANY AREAS THAT REMAIN FLOODED UNTIL THE WATERS HAVE RECEDED.  HOWEVER, THE PREVIOUS MANDATORY AND VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS FOR TANGIPAHOA PARISH ARE LIFTED FOR RESIDENTS WHERE THE WATER HAS RECEDED.

All residents are advised to use good judgment in returning to their homes in areas where the flood waters have receded. 

 

There is still substantial flooding along the Tangipahoa River and other creeks and streams.  The Tangipahoa River, according to the national weather service, has crested at Hwy 190.  The most current reading is 19.88 ft at 8:30am. The river is receding .  It is now below major flood stage of 21 ft. and is projected to fall below moderate flood stage of 18 ft. by 8:00am Tuesday.

 

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=robl1

Tangipahoa River at Robert

 

 

 

All parish shelters have been consolidated into one new shelter at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1503 Pecan Street in Hammond.

 

Tangipahoa Parish requested along with other parishes for FEMA disaster assistance.  Tangipahoa Parish was not authorized based upon the initial FEMA damage estimates, but FEMA officials are surveying Tangipahoa Parish today to determine if Tangipahoa Parish has enough damage to qualify for individual assistance.

Parish President Gordon Burgess and Parish Building Official, Andy Currier met with FEMA this morning and are directing them to the most severely flooded areas.

 

Map with severe flooding areas highlighted.

DSNAP

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

(DCFS) today announced Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) sites in St. Charles and Tangipahoa parishes.

The following sites will be open from Sunday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Due to limited parking at two sites, a shuttle service will transport residents to the DSNAP sites in Amite and Boutte. Shuttle service will run continuously each day until it is determined that no new applicants can be served before 6 p.m.

* Tangipahoa Parish - Harvest Church, 43052 Yokum Rd., Hammond

* Tangipahoa Parish - Shuttle Service will transport applicants from the Florida Parish Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave, Amite to DSNAP site at Amite Fire Hall Applicants should go to these DSNAP sites on the day indicated below based on the first letter of their last name.

Sunday, Sept 9 - S through Z

Monday, Sept 10 - A through C

Tuesday, Sept 11 - D through G

Wednesday, Sept 12 - H through L

Thursday, Sept 13 - M through R

Friday, Sept 14 - All applicants unable to make prior scheduled day Saturday, Sept 15 - All applicants unable to make prior scheduled day"

Disaster Recovery

Storm Debris

9/19

Site assessments were made and due to the abundant amount of debris still in the Lees Landing, Manchac and Traino Road areas the storm debris boxes will remain in place until further notice. The boxes are not for household garbage. Household garbage should be disposed at the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill located on Hano Road in Independence.


The storm debris boxes at Lees Landing, Bedico and Manchac will remain in place until Monday, September 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM. The boxes are to be used for debris clean-up only not for basic household garbage. After Monday, September 24th citizens should bring their debris to the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill located on Hano Road in Independence. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM


 

Sept. 08, 2012
Initial Operating Facility: Baton Rouge
DR-4080-LA NR-023
News Desk: 877-730-1838
SBA: 916-203-6626

 

Recovery News

FIRST LETTER MAY NOT BE THE LAST WORD FROM FEMA

BATON ROUGE, La. – Applicants who receive notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that they are ineligible for disaster assistance after Hurricane Isaac may discover that a “no” can be turned into a “yes.”

"A denial may simply mean that we need more information to make a decision regarding your application," said Mike Hall, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery operation in Louisiana. "Please work with us. Help us help you."

Disaster assistance for qualified homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also offers low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.

Both disaster grants and loans cover uninsured or uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

The most common reason for a denial of housing assistance is that the applicant needs to provide FEMA with a copy of an insurance settlement before a grant application can be processed.

Other reasons for a determination of ineligibility:

  • The applicant did not sign the required documents.
  • The applicant did not prove occupancy or ownership.
  • The damage is to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence.
  • Someone else in the household has already applied and received help.
  • A FEMA housing inspector cannot reach the applicant by phone.
  • The applicant did not maintain the required flood insurance coverage for the damaged property.

Applicants can call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362, or TTY 1-800-462-7585, to find out why they were denied and how to submit any required documents or changes to contact information. For those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services, call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants may also visit a Disaster Recovery Center, where specialists from the state of Louisiana, FEMA and the SBA are on hand to answer questions, review applications and accept required documents. For a list of the centers open in Louisiana, go online to www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov.

If FEMA determines that an applicant is not eligible for a federal grant, the applicant may still be eligible for other assistance, such as disaster unemployment assistance, low-interest federal disaster loans or crisis counseling services.

An applicant also has the right to appeal a denial in writing within 60 days from the date of the decision of the letter. Guidelines for appeals can be found in the "Help After a Disaster" handbook that each applicant receives. Applicants can also get guidance on this issue at any Disaster Recovery Center.

For more information on Louisiana disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. You can follow FEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA. Also visit our blog at www.fema.gov/blog.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

SBA is the federal government’s primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).


 

Recovery News

TWO DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN IN TANGIPAHOA PARISH

BATON ROUGE, La. -  Two State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have opened in Tangipahoa Parish to assist homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their home or personal property as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Both centers are located outdoors. They opened on Thursday, Sept. 13, 11a.m. to 6 p.m.  Friday forward, hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.


Tower Road Building

282 Tower Road

Ponchatoula, LA 70454

 

204 E. Oak St.

Amite, LA 70422

 

This brings to 18 the number of centers operating for survivors affected by Hurricane Isaac. More recovery centers will open as sites are identified and approved. For a list of open centers in Louisiana go online to www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.

Applying for disaster assistance is quick and simple. Survivors can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. They may also call

1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

seven days a week.

SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to residents and businesses. After registering with FEMA, visit any Disaster Recovery Center where SBA representatives will answer questions, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner apply to SBA. For SBA information or to apply online, visit www.sba.gov or call 1-800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.


The major disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac now makes available federal assistance to eligible survivors in 18 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.

For more information on Louisiana disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. You can follow FEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA. Also visit our blog at www.fema.gov/blog.

 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

SBA is the federal government's primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).