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Parish-wide Recognition Program to Highlight Hurricane Ida Recovery Relief Efforts

Community STandouts Will Showcase Honorees Stepping Up Throughout St. Tammany to Help Those in Need

Mandeville, LA – Today, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is pleased to announce the launch of a new parish-wide collaborative community recognition program designed to showcase the efforts of various businesses, non-profits, and community organizations that have stepped up in tremendous ways in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and shown amazing generosity to communities in need throughout St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Community STandouts is a collaborative effort presented by the Parish President’s office, St. Tammany Corporation, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, Northshore Business Council, Northshore Community Foundation, Northshore Home Builders Association, and Tri-Parish Works.

 “St. Tammany Parish Government is proud to collaborate with partner organizations to recognize those who have generously served their neighbors in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “The willingness of our local companies and organizations to quickly take action to reach out and serve the public is what makes the St. Tammany community an outstanding place to live and do business.”

This recognition program will allow residents and community members to nominate an organization of their choice with a brief explanation of why they should be highlighted. Throughout the fall, honorees’ stories will be shared on social media platforms of the various partner organizations. Organizational support will be provided by St. Tammany Corporation.

Nominations will be accepted through this online form, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StTammanyCommunitySTandouts, now through Friday, October 29, 2021. For more information, please visit www.RESTOREStTammany.com or contact Elizabeth Lee at  St. Tammany Corporation at 985-809-7874.  

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PRESIDENT MIKE COOPER ANNOUNCES DEBRIS PICKUP IN PRIVATE ST. TAMMANY SUBDIVISIONS

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announces the inclusion of private subdivisions for debris pickup.  President Cooper and local officials met virtually with FEMA, federal and state officials to discuss the necessary guidelines for debris pickup in private subdivisions and neighborhoods.

St. Tammany Parish Government will be sending a letter to the responsible party for roadways in gated neighborhoods with documentation to be completed and returned so that debris pickup may begin. Ungated neighborhoods with private streets will be handled in the same manner as public roadways.

“This is a great step as we move St. Tammany forward in Hurricane Ida recovery efforts,” said President Cooper. “I want to thank my administration, Parish Council, and our state and federal legislative delegation who made the inclusion of debris removal in our private neighborhoods a reality by appealing to the federal government. While it may take some time to get all debris picked up, we can let our neighbors rest assured that it will get removed.”

St. Tammany Parish Government was the lead agency that actively sought FEMA’s approval, which is required in order to pick up debris along private streets and roadways.

Debris pickup on public Parish roadways began on September 8.

For more information on debris removal, please visit http://www.stpgov.org/debris.

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President Cooper Gives Update on Hurricane Ida Recovery

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper offers an update on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“My top priority has been to restore power to every citizen and business in St. Tammany Parish, and every day we are getting closer to achieving that goal,” said President Cooper. “Once Hurricane Ida had passed through St. Tammany, we were reduced to virtually no power throughout the entire parish.  Today, we have roughly 90% of our parish re-energized and are working diligently to restore power to the rest.”

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to re-energize homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric (WSTE) has around 31,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish and 4,451 of those customers are without power as of Tuesday afternoon. To report downed trees and power lines to WSTE, please call 1-866-672-9773.  Visit WSTE.COOP/Report-Outages to view a map of outages in the Parish.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, has around 10% of their customers without power. Roughly 87,000 customers have had their power restored.  Their goal is to have power restored to the remaining customers by this week’s end.  They will continue to provide updates through their social media channels and webpage. 

Entergy has nearly 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish with less than 500 still without power.  Entergy customers may visit EntergyStormCenter.com for the latest regarding outages.

Debris contractors will be mobilized Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • · Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • · Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • · Do not bag green materials. Debris contractors or Public Works crews will not pick up bagged debris.

Tammany Utilities has a Boil Water Advisory still in effect due to a loss of power causing a drop in water pressure.  Some water systems throughout the Parish have regained power and test results indicating the water is now safe.  You can find updated statuses on the Boil Water Advisories by water system at stpgov.org/TU-notices.

Point of Distribution Sites (PODS) in St. Tammany Parish will close permanently on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has been monitoring and executing the operation of the PODS.

The St. Tammany Parish Public Schools system has been providing updates through their social media, mobile apps and webpage throughout the duration of the Hurricane Ida recovery phase.  51 of their 55 schools now have power restored and the rest are expected to have power by the end of this week.  A determination has not yet been made for an official return to school date; however, it remains that school will not start any sooner than September 13, 2021.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For those needing blue tarps visit BlueRoof.us.  Blue tarps are also available around the parish at various local fire departments.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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PRESIDENT COOPER GIVES UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY 9/3/2021

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper offers the latest information on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“My number one priority at this time is the restoration of power to all of our citizens and businesses,” said President Cooper. “Many of our utilities, including water, are reliant on access to electricity.  I can attest, as I have rode around the Parish over the last few days, that the damages to our powerlines and infrastructure have been wide spread and severe.  I want to thank our citizens for their patience and ask them to continue to stay positive moving forward.  Many of our citizens have already had their power restored, and to those who have not, we are working tirelessly to get you power as soon as possible.”

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to reinstitute power to homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric (WSTE) has around 31,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish and roughly 16,500 of those customers are without power as of Friday afternoon. To report downed trees and power lines to WSTE, please call 1-866-672-9773.  Visit WSTE.COOP/Report-Outages to view a map of outages in the Parish.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, has around 43% of their customers without power. Roughly 54,000 customers have had their power restored.  West of HWY 434 around 24,000 customers have had power restored leaving roughly 30,000 East of HWY 434 with power restored.  29 of the 55 schools is St. Tammany Parish now have power restored.  Most of the Parish is expected to have power restored within a week.

Entergy has nearly 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish with roughly 1,800 still without power, around 38%.  Entergy customers may visit EntergyStormCenter.com for the latest regarding outages.

GOHSEP now has two points of distribution sites, or PODS, mobilized in St. Tammany Parish.  The National Guard is facilitating the distribution of MREs, water and ice out of the PODS located at the First Baptist Church of Covington and Fritchie Park in Slidell. Two MREs, three bottles of water and one bag of ice is given for every person in the vehicle.

The PODS will remain open until recovery efforts are no longer needed.  The hours of operation are daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the exception of Sundays at the Church of Covington, when the hours will be Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Debris contractors will be mobilized mid to late next week. Currently, push contractors are working to push debris off and away from the roads, with expectations of being finished by this week.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • Do not bag green materials.

St. Tammany Parish Government offices are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with regular business hours.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For those needing blue tarps visit BlueRoof.us.  Blue tarps are also available around the parish at various local fire departments.

For any other needs call the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Hotline at (985)-898-2323.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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PODS OPEN IN SLIDELL

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – The Point Of Distribution Site (PODS) in Slidell is now open.
The PODS is located at Fritchie Park on West Howze Beach Road and will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, until St. Tammany Parish is no longer in a recovery phase.

Two MRE’s, six bottles of water and one bag of ice are available for every person in the vehicle.  Rations are determined by the National Guard and GOHSEP.

The PODS in Covington at First Baptist Church on LA 1085 is also open today from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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PRESIDENT COOPER, ELECTED OFFICIALS GIVE UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY 9-2-2021

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provides the latest information on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“We have boots on the ground throughout St. Tammany Parish, working tirelessly to provide food, water and supplies to our citizens,” said President Cooper. “With power coming back to many in the Parish, we are happy to see so many use their good fortune to help out their neighbors in need.  We have received assistance from the National Guard, and they have activated the first point of distribution site in the Parish, and we are awaiting further assistance from them in the near future.  We are on our way back to normalcy, but it is still going to take some time.”

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to reinstitute power to homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric (WSTE) has a total of 22,332 customers without power as of Thursday afternoon. After Hurricane Ida, 98.4% of the entire system was without power. To report downed trees and power lines to WSTE, please call 1-866-672-9773.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, has around 70% of their customers without power. Roughly 30,000 customers have had their power restored.

Entergy has nearly 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish with roughly 3,600 still without power. They expect to have nearly all of their customers restored in the coming days.

St. Tammany Parish has received their first points of distribution site, or PODS, from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).  The National Guard is facilitating the distribution of MREs, water and ice out of the PODS located at the First Baptist Church of Covington. Two MREs, six bottles of water and one bag of ice is given for every person in the vehicle.

The PODS will remain open until recovery efforts are no longer needed.  The hours of operation are daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the exception of Sundays, when the hours will be Noon – 6:00 p.m.  More locations for resources are scheduled to be received in the days to come.

Debris contractors will be mobilized mid to late next week. Currently, push contractors are working to push debris off and away from the roads, with expectations of being finished by this week.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • Do not bag green materials.

Cooper signed an executive order, putting a burn ban in place, due to air quality and fire response concerns.

Though the curfew has ended, St. Tammany Parish Government and restorative utility crews are asking residents to please stay off of the roads.  Traffic congestion is hindering the progress of Public Works and utility crews.

Tammany Utilities is still under a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory and asking customers to limit water consumption.  The advisory is out of an abundance of caution.

St. Tammany Parish Public Schools will not reopen until September 13th at the earliest. 

St. Tammany Parish Government offices are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with regular business hours.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For those needing blue tarps visit BlueRoof.us.  Blue tarps are also available around the parish at various local fire departments.

For any other needs call the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Hotline at (985)-898-2323.

St. Tammany Parish President Cooper was joined by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, Louisiana State Representative 77 Mark Wright, Louisiana State Representative Larry Frieman, St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman Mike Lorino, St. Tammany Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Clarence Powe and WSTE Media Relations, Manager of Marketing, Washington and Tangipahoa Parish Coylean Schloegel to provide Hurricane Ida relief updates.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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PRESIDENT COOPER OFFERS UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY 9/1/2021

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provides information on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“With utility companies working diligently, we are beginning to see signs of normalcy return to our Parish,” said President Cooper. “Power is coming back to some businesses and residents throughout St. Tammany, but we still have a long way to go.  As we move forward, I ask our citizens to continue to stay positive, and to please be patient as we work to clean up our streets and restore our utilities.”

President Cooper mentioned that though the curfew has ended, St. Tammany Parish Government and restorative utility crews are asking residents to please stay off of the roads.  Traffic congestion is hindering the progress of Public Works and utility crews.

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to reinstitute power to homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric has customers on both sides of the Parish, with 31,352 total.  Power has been restored to about 20% of their customer base, leaving 25,405 without power.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, said 90% of St. Tammany Parish is still without power. Roughly 10,000 customers have had power restored.  As of last night, 90% of their workforce was in the Eastern District. 

Entergy expects to have power restored to almost all of their 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish by the weekend.  Due to damages to some homes and other unforeseen issues, a small fraction of their customer base may take longer.

Power is expected to be restored in the coming days, but it could be a few weeks.

Tammany Utilities is still under a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory and asking customers to limit water consumption.  The advisory is out of an abundance of caution.  Due to Hurricane Ida, results of LDH water testing will likely be delayed. Some private utilities have done the same, including:  City of Covington, the Town of Abita Springs, and the Town of Madisonville.

At this time, 16 Tammany Utilities water systems are on generators.  The Parish is working to have grid power restored to lift stations.

Coastal Environmental Services (CES) will be picking up trash on their Thursday and Friday route.  Cart contents only.  No storm debris.

Stranco has front load trucks out in Slidell, Covington and Mandeville to see what areas in their routes are accessible.  They are not in Folsom yet.

Debris Contractors will be mobilized once citizens have had the opportunity to put their debris curbside in their neighborhoods.  It is still too early to mobilize at this time, as the contractors are aiming to avoid the need to make duplicate trips.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • · Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • · Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • · Do not bag green materials.

AT&T has reported 911 is fully operational.  In case of an emergency situation now call 911.

St. Tammany Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has requested points of distribution sites, or PODS, and is awaiting their arrival from Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Operations (GOHSEP).  They are expected to be in St. Tammany some time September 2nd.

With some businesses opening up, St. Tammany Parish Government designed a webpage to advertised those businesses as they report to the Parish.  That webpage is at STPGOV.org/open as well as a page for relief groups offering donated goods at STPGOV.org/recovery.

If you would like to contribute to relief efforts in St. Tammany Parish, you may do so through either the United Way of Southeast Louisiana at UnitedWaySELA.org/IdaRelief or with the Northshore Community Foundation at NorthshoreFoundation.org.

St. Tammany Parish Government offices are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with regular business hours.

The St. Tammany Parish Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2021, has been canceled.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For any other needs call the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Hotline at (985)-898-2323.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

 

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PRESIDENT COOPER OFFERS UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provides information on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“With rivers cresting below expected levels, we are now shifting our full attention to getting our Parish back to normal,” said Cooper. “We know that our neighbors are putting debris on roads and trying to get their homes back to normal. I am asking our residents to be patient in the coming days and weeks, as we await gas stations to fill up, power to restore and businesses to reopen.”

President Cooper ended the curfew, which was put in place prior to Hurricane Ida, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • · Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • · Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • · Do not bag.

St. Tammany Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has requested points of distribution sites, or PODS, and is awaiting approval from the state.

Animals currently housed at Animal Services are safe and secure. Animal Services is working with organizations to find homes for those pets.

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to reinstitute power to homes and businesses. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 90% of St. Tammany Parish, totaling more than 100,000 customers, is still without power.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric has 340 personnel from within the community and across the country working together. WSTE said some neighbors have had power return on Tuesday, but they are cutting through debris and other trees to get to substations.

Cleco, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, said they are continuing

Power is expected to be restored in the coming days, but it could be a few weeks.

Tammany Utilities is still under a precautionary Boil Water Advisory and asking customers to limit water consumption.  The advisory is out of an abundance of caution.  Due to Hurricane Ida, results of LDH water testing will likely be delayed. Some private utilities have done the same, including:  City of Covington, the Town of Abita Springs, and the Town of Madisonville.

All rivers that St. Tammany Parish Government has been monitoring, with the exception of the Bogue Chitto and Pearl River, crested last night at levels below projected.

The lower levels are mostly attributable to the low amount of rainfall received after the initial pass of the storm.

  • · Tchefuncte River near Covington – The river crested at Moderate Flood stage (27.54 ft.) last night around 7 p.m. The river is showing gradual decline in water surface elevation (27.4 ft), this may increase slightly depending on any additional rainfall over the next 24 hours, but is not expected to be severe.
  • ·  Bogue Falaya River at Boston Street – The river is currently at Moderate Flood stage (14.15 ft) and is on a downward trend in elevation. The river crested at 15.48 feet around 8 p.m. last night.
  • · Bogue Falaya River near Camp Covington - The river is currently at Moderate Flood stage (50.49 feet). This is down significantly from the crest of 57.61 feet that occurred last night around 7 p.m.
  • · Abita River at Abita Springs – Abita River crested at 25.29 feet on Monday around 8 p.m. The elevation is currently at 23.13 feet and is showing a gradual decline. This decline should continue unless there are significant rainstorms today.
  • · Bogue Chitto near Bush – The river is currently at Minor Flood stage (11.69 feet). A rise in the river level is expected, and may reach an almost Moderate Flood stage of 16.52 feet Thursday at 8 a.m.  In March 2016, the river reached a level of 21.36 feet.
  • · Pearl River near Pearl River –The river is currently at Minor Flood stage (14.54 feet). The river is expected to reach crest Friday night with a crest at 17.49 feet. This projected crest is short of Major Flood stage at 18.0 feet.

Rescues were made in St. Tammany Parish by first responders.  More rescues may ensue, leading to a potential increase in shelter populations. Currently, St. Tammany Parish’s shelter population is at 68.

Shelters, of last resort, are still open at:

Creekside Jr. High – General Population Electrically Dependent Shelter:
- Must require electricity to sustain life
- Must have one caregiver 18 years or older (only one will be allowed) to accompany
- Must bring own linen and bedding, food and water, and medicines.

Lee Road Jr. High – General Population:
- Must bring own linen and bedding and food and water


St. Tammany Parish Government offices will be closed on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
The St. Tammany Parish Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2021 has been canceled.

Parish Public Works crews have been working since Hurricane Ida diminished in St. Tammany to assess and clear roadways. Public Works crews, in addition to push contractors, will have state highways cleared by the end of Tuesday.

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ST. TAMMANY PARISH GOVERNMENT OFFERS UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish Government provides an update on the recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida.

“We are relieved to see our rivers are going to crest below forecasted levels,” said President Mike Cooper. “We can now shift our concerns into recovery and restoring our Parish to normalcy.”

The rivers St. Tammany Parish Government have been monitoring, with the exception of the Bogue Chitto and Pearl River, crested last night at levels below projected.

The lower levels are mostly attributable to the low amount of rainfall received after the initial pass of the storm.

  • Tchefuncte River near Covington – The river crested at Moderate Flood stage (27.54 ft.) last night around 7 p.m. The river is showing gradual decline in water surface elevation (27.4 ft), this may increase slightly depending on any additional rainfall over the next 24 hours, but is not expected to be severe.
  • Bogue Falaya River at Boston Street – The river is currently at Moderate Flood stage (14.15 ft) and is on a downward trend in elevation. The river crested at 15.48 feet around 8 p.m. last night.
  • Bogue Falaya River near Camp Covington - The river is currently at Moderate Flood stage (50.49 feet). This is down significantly from the crest of 57.61 feet that occurred last night around 7 p.m.
  • Abita River at Abita Springs – Abita River crested at 25.29 feet on Monday around 8 p.m. The elevation is currently at 23.13 feet and is showing a gradual decline. This decline should continue unless there are significant rainstorms today.
  • Bogue Chitto near Bush – The river is currently at Minor Flood stage (11.69 feet). A rise in the river level is expected, and may reach an almost Moderate Flood stage of 16.52 feet Thursday at 8 a.m.  In March 2016, the river reached a level of 21.36 feet.
  • Pearl River near Pearl River –The river is currently at Minor Flood stage (14.54 feet). The river is expected to reach crest Friday night with a crest at 17.49 feet. This projected crest is short of Major Flood stage at 18.0 feet.

Several rescues were made in St. Tammany Parish by local law enforcement, first responders and National Guard.  More rescues may ensue, leading to a potential increase in shelter populations. Currently, St. Tammany Parish’s shelter population is at 68.

Shelters, of last resort, are still open at:

Creekside Jr. High – General Population Electrically Dependent Shelter:
- Must require electricity to sustain life

- Must have one caregiver 18 years or older (only one will be allowed) to accompany
- Must bring own linen and bedding, food and water, and medicines.

Lee Road Jr. High – General Population:
- Must bring own linen and bedding and food and water

Tammany Utilities is still under a precautionary Boil Water Advisory.  The advisory is out of an abundance of caution.  Due to Hurricane Ida, results of LDH water testing will likely be delayed. Some private utilities have done the same, including:  City of Covington, the Town of Abita Springs, and the Town of Madisonville. UIL and Magnolia utility companies also have a Boil Water Advisory in place.

St. Tammany Parish Government is strongly urging Tammany Utilities customers to limit water consumption.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Inc. has reported more than 30,000 customers with power outages, 98% of their customers.  They have deployed a crew of 332 to the field and they are working hard to restore energy to their consumers.

CLECO, as of August 31, at 7:00 a.m., reported 95,544 without power in St. Tammany Parish.  Their crews are working diligently to assess damage and bring restorations to their customers.

Entergy has reported 3,653 without power in St. Tammany.  Their crews are deployed and they are working to bring power back as soon as possible.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has will address the media with further updates this afternoon, August 31, 2021.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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PRESIDENT COOPER PROVIDES UPDATE ON AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IDA

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provides insights on the conditions throughout St. Tammany Parish following the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

“Now that Hurricane Ida has moved through our community, it is time to move forward and return our Parish to normalcy,” said President Mike Cooper. “As soon as the sun rose Monday, we began inspecting the damages throughout the Parish so we could mobilize our Public Works crews to clear roads. Numerous powerlines were downed, trees blocked roadways, and homes and businesses were damaged Parish-wide.  We are working hard to get St. Tammany cleaned up, but it is going to take time.  We appreciate your consideration and your patience at this time.”

While the immediate impacts of Ida, like heavy wind and rain, have diminished, its important for our citizens who live near rivers to monitor their respective levels, said Cooper. It is especially important for those who sustained flooding in March 2016 to be vigilant and aware.

Many local roadways are impassable, due to high water, downed trees and power lines.  CLECO has reported 98% of their customers in St. Tammany Parish are without power.  CLECO’s assessment of the damages is expected to happen within the next 2-3 days.  Once completed, CLECO will have a plan in place to restore power, which could take several days or weeks.

Western St. Tammany sustained a majority of the damages, according to Eric Schouest, VP of Governmental Affairs for CLECO Power, LLC.  “There is a plan and a process in place,” said Schouest.  “Right now, our crews are working on restoring power back to our critical infrastructure, like our hospitals.”

Residents should assume every downed powerline is live and avoid them at all costs.  Do not come in contact with any downed powerlines and you should report all downed lines to 1-800-622-6537 or 911.

All St. Tammany Parish Government offices and locations will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. St. Tammany Parish’s Emergency Operations Center is fully operational with representatives answering phones from all partners and stakeholders.  The phone number for the EOC if you need assistance is 985-898-2323.  If you have an emergency, call 911.

When using a generator, it is critical to your safety to do so correctly.  The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide, electrocution, and fire. For directions on how to properly use your generator look to the manufacturer’s instructions or visit energy.gov.

The Tammany Trace, Bayou Lacombe Bridge, Camp Salmen, Northshore Beach and the Kids Connection Playground are closed and will remained closed until it is deemed safe for reopen.

The curfew is still in effect and will remain in effect until it is deemed safe by St. Tammany Parish Government.  This curfew is in place to protect the citizens of St. Tammany as well as the crews working to clear roads and reinstate power. 

To support the communities affected by the storm you can visit the Northshore Community Foundation at NorthshoreFoundation.org or the United Way of Southeast Louisiana at UnitedWaySELA.org/IdaRelief.

Parish President Mike Cooper addressed the media along with St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent Frank Jabbia, VP of Governmental Affairs for CLECO Power LLC, Eric Schouest and Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Clarence Powe.

Monitor local media, St. Tammany Parish social media channels and STPGOV.org.

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