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Updated: St. Tammany operates shelter & urges more evacuations

Updated: St. Tammany operates shelter & urges more evacuations
Posted: Dec 28, 2018
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Emergency Operations Update

 

The National Weather Service has changed its prediction for the Tchefuncte River’s crest for the river gauge located at the Tchefuncte River at US Hwy 190 in the Goodbee area, from midday today (Saturday, December 29, 2018) to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sunday, December 30, 2018). However, they did not adjust the river level when the crest occurs, which is still predicted to be 30 ft.

Because of the National Weather Service’s change in predicted timing for river cresting, St. Tammany Parish Government’s emergency shelter will remain open another night. The shelter, run in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is located at Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area. Residents who would like to use this shelter are advised to bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.

Parish Government will also extend the hours for distribution of sandbags today, Saturday, December 29, until 5 p.m. Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, located at 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.

Other river gauges have shown water receding:
Bogue Falaya River near Camp Covington (near LA Hwy 25 @ Million Dollar Road)
Crested 54.24ft (approximately 2 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018)
Currently 44.25ft and falling (approximately 8 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)
Bogue Falaya River at Boston Street, Covington
Crested 11.9ft (approximately 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018)
Currently 10.9ft and falling (approximately 8:30 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)
Tchefuncte River near Folsom
Crested 22.42ft (approximately 5 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018)
Currently 18.97ft and falling (approximately 9 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)
Additionally, the Bogue Chitto River near Bush is predicted to crest at 15.5ft, at 6 p.m. tonight.

At this time, and based on the National Weather Service’s reports, the Parish’s Emergency Operations still believe that there is a potential for flooding in neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchfuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past. Residents should consider a voluntary evacuation.

 

Sandbag Location Opens in St. Tammany Parish

Due to the National Weather Service’s prediction of high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin, St. Tammany Parish Government has opened a location for the distribution of sandbags until 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 29, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, located at 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.


Emergency Shelter Opened in Goodbee Area

Due to the National Weather Service prediction of high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin, St. Tammany Parish Government will open an emergency shelter, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, at Coquille Parks and Recreation beginning at 5 p.m. this evening (December 28, 2018). Coquille is located at 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area. Residents who would like to use this shelter are advised to bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.
Because of this potential flooding prediction, neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchfuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past, should consider a voluntary evacuation.

St. Tammany Parish Announces Emergency Declaration


St. Tammany Parish Government has made an emergency declaration in response to potential flooding in the Tchefuncte River basin. This declaration is a procedural process that enables Parish Government to better coordinate any and all local, state or federal resources necessary to support public safety.
Residents in neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flood waters in the past, should be aware of the possibility of flooding, and those residents should also consider voluntary evacuation.
Residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date on the forecast, and to cooperate with requests from emergency officials, and to obey any traffic signs and barricades indicating impassable roads and high water. If you feel that you are in danger, please make the decision to evacuate out of harm’s way. If you need assistance doing so, call 911.

Residents in Low-Lying Areas Near Tchefuncte River Asked to Consider Voluntary Evacuation


The National Weather Service has informed us they are predicting high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin. Neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchfuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past, should be aware of the possibility of flooding tonight and into tomorrow, and those residents should consider voluntary evacuation. As we receive other assessments from the National Weather Service we will distribute their detailed information.
As of now, residents in low-lying areas in or around the Tchefuncte River, North of I-12 to LA Hwy 40 (including Park Lane), should consider a voluntary evacuation.
Emergency Operations personnel are currently working with the American Red Cross to set up an emergency shelter. Details concerning the shelter will be made available as soon as they become definitive.

The following areas in Western St. Tammany have been reported as having water over the roadway and/or not passable due to flooding and/or downed trees.


Hwy. 59 @ South Lane - Not Passable
Hwy. 1077 @ Albert Thompson Road - Not Passable
Hwy. 1077 @ Brewster Road
Hwy 59 @ Harrison Avenue
Orleans Avenue @ Pear Street
Asbury @ N. Causeway Blvd.
Hwy. 59 Between Hwy. 21 and Hwy. 36 (along Rangeline Road)
Wilson Road Between Hwy 21 and Hwy 59
Grande Lake Drive @ Lowe Davis Road - Not Passable
Lowe Davis Road @ Allen Road - Not Passable
E. 35th Street @ Ozone Park Drive
Surgi Drive @ Swenson Street
Park Lane @ Hwy 40 - Not Passable
Pheasant Lane @ Airport Road
Hwy 435 @ Hillcrest Blvd.
Albert Thompson @ Hwy 40
Isabel Swamp Road @ parish line - Not passable
Hillcrest Blvd.
Fish Hatchery Rd. (from Beaverball to Hwy 1088)
78179 Hwy 1077
Hwy 1077 between Jim Willie and Harold Core - Not passable
Hwy 435 on Abita River Bridge
Horsebranch Rd. near Penn Mill
Hwy 1077 @ Harold Core Rd. - Not passable
Gottschalk Rd. and Hwy 1077 - Not passable
LA Hwy 1077 just south of Bennett bridge road (LA Hwy 1078) - Closed

We respectfully ask our residents and other motorists to avoid driving through flooded areas and/or around barricades. In some cases, residences and businesses can be affected by vehicles travelling through flooded areas by pushing water inside of such structures that would not otherwise be affected by flooding.

Motorists or residents who wish to report roadway flooding should contact the Sheriff’s Office through the non-emergency number 985-898-2338. Should anyone have an emergency they should DIAL 911.
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