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Weather Update

Here is an update concerning the severe weather threat late tonight and Saturday. Timing has slowed down slightly from the weekly briefing.

Overview:

WHAT: MARGINAL RISK of Severe Weather late tonight, SLIGHT RISK of Severe Weather Saturday.

WHEN: Threat begins well after midnight tonight near the Atchafalaya River, spreading eastward through Saturday morning into the afternoon hours.

WHERE: Marginal Risk late tonight will be along and west of a McComb to Baton Rouge line. The Slight Risk Saturday is for ALL of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

The main threats associated with any severe storms will be:

· Wind gusts up to 70 mph which could down trees and powerlines and/or cause structural damage
· Large hail - note that wind-blown hail could cause additional damage
· Isolated tornadoes
In addition to the severe weather threat, rainfall of 1 to 2 inches will be possible. Locally heavy rainfall could lead to ponding of water in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage.

The graphics below highlight the Marginal Risk area late tonight, and the expected timing of the line of thunderstorms. Although a graphic is not depicted here for the Slight Risk area Saturday, it includes all of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
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2017 All-Star Baseball/Softball Tryouts at Val Riess Complex
Dates and times of each age group will be e-mailed thru Sports Pilot

The St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department is hosting tryouts for the 2017 Spring All-Star Baseball and Softball Leagues. Tryouts will be held at Val Riess Sports Complex, located at 1101 Magistrate Street in Chalmette. Anyone interested in playing all-stars must attend the clinics and play in the Spring Baseball League. All-Star Baseball/Softball coaches from each age group will select 36 players to participate in the Spring League.

(Boys and Girls must participate in the spring league to be eligible for all-stars) Boys/Girls ages 7-14 Spring League Tryouts will run thru April. Dates and times of each age group will be e-mailed thru our Sports Pilot Program. Registration is open on line or in the office. Registration fees will cover both Leagues. If you have any questions you may contact the Recreation Office at 504-278-4295.
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St. Bernard 8U All-Star Basketball Team participated in the 8U National Basketball Tournament in Thibodaux. Coach Ross Chiappetta said the team played great defense but lost to Vermillion by 1 point. ... See MoreSee Less

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St. Bernard Parish Government to Prohibit Partitioning of Neutral Ground and parking vehicles or trailers too close the corners of roadways entering major thoroughfares such as Judge Perez Drive.

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis reminds residents and businesses that the partitioning of neutral grounds will be prohibited for the Irish Italian Islenos Parade on Saturday, April 1, 2017. President McInnis stated there is a concern for public safety when ropes, tape and stakes are placed on the neutral grounds leading up to parade day.

Inspectors will be out monitoring the neutral grounds and emergency lanes. Any obstructions will be removed through Saturday morning. Obstructions on the neutral grounds including, but not limited to ropes, tents, scaffolds, and barricades are in violation of Section 11-20 of the Code of Ordinances.

Also, vehicles parking too close to corners cause a safety hazard for those entering major thoroughfares. The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office will be monitoring parking along the parade route for the safety of all residents.
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St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security meets with Agencies to review plans for the Critical Transportation Needs Evacuation Exercise

John Rahaim, St. Bernard Parish Emergency Manager, speaks to partner agencies about an upcoming evacuation exercise. On Wednesday, May 24th, St. Bernard Parish will be testing its Critical Transportation Needs (CTN) and Special Medical Needs (SMN) programs. These programs are designed to assist those in need of transportation during an evacuation and cannot self-evacuate due to lack of resources, transportation or medical conditions. “To be successful, it takes more than just parish personnel. Support also comes from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Louisiana National Guard and Air Guard, United States Coast Guard, Louisiana Department of Transportation Development (DOTD) American Red Cross, Acadian Ambulance, St. Bernard Parish Hospital, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office and the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT),” said John Rahaim.

For this exercise, the parish buses pick up “evacuees” and bring them to the Parish Pick-up Point (PPP). Upon arrival at the PPP they will be processed by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office and the Air National Guard to insure that no weapons, alcohol or other contraband are brought in. “The safety of the residents and workers is of utmost importance”, said Rahaim.

The “evacuees” will be registered by the use of the Phoenix Evacuation Registration System provided by DCFS. This system maintains accountability of the evacuees from the time they are registered until they arrive at the shelter location. Processing is done by parish personnel from Community Development with assistance from DCFS personnel. Once registered, “evacuees” then report to a waiting area. Once all “evacuees” have been processed they are loaded on buses by Parish employees and DOTD personnel. The buses that transport the “evacuees” are provided by DOTD. The “evacuees” are then transported to a pre-designated shelter. These exercises are used to identify areas of improvements. This will help to better serve the residents in the future should the need arise.
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