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 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.