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
Douglas O'Neil Road
Old Genessee Road
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
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.
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.
BARGES IN SOUTH PASS HAVE BEEN SECURED:
The owner of the barges has successfully secured the barges in south pass.
Oak Forest Academy in Amite has cancelled classes until Tuesday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.