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Weather Update

The National Weather Serive is monitoring two systems and/or disturbances. Of these, Invest 99 has the highest probability of impacting the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Gaston, currently located in the central Atlantic Ocean and moving west-northwest, has strengthened overnight. The system is expected to become a hurricane today as it continues on a west-northwest track in the mid-Atlantic. This system does not present a threat to New Orleans.

Invest 99, currently located over the Leeward Islands, is showing signs of organization but still lacks a well-defined circulation. Models should continue to improve as data from two Hurricane Hunters aircraft missions scheduled today is processed. This system may present a threat to New Orleans.

• Track (attached): Model consensus is in fairly good agreement that this system will move across the southern Florida coast and into the northeast Gulf of Mexico. After this, there is uncertainty in the track. Of the two main models, the GFS indicates a low level disturbance kept weak by land interactions in the Caribbean and the EURO indicates a hurricane-strength storm making a second landfall in the central Gulf coast.
• Intensity: Intensity models remain divergent but in general show a strengthening trend starting tomorrow and possible category 1 hurricane strength in 4-5 days.
• Impact: Although models are currently unreliable, there is a probability of this storm impacting SE and/or SW Louisiana.
• Timing (H-Hour): H-130 (monitoring – avenue of approach 2)

Stay tuned to local broadcasts for updates or visit www.weather.gov.
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Sigur Auditorium Donation Center to close at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 25th

Due to the amount of donations received for flood victims, the Sigur Center Auditorium will no longer be taking donations after 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 25th. All donations collected are being distributed to affected areas in Louisiana.
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Parish President Guy McInnis introduced US Senator Bill Cassidy at his Town Hall Meeting in the Council Chambers. Earlier this morning McInnis and other officials attended a breakfast hosted by the St. Bernard Chamber. Photos by Lenor Duplessis. ... See MoreSee Less

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ST. BERNARD PARISH ADOPT A LAW TO ADDRESS MOSQUITO CONTROL - Residents can report abandoned swimming pools

St. Bernard Parish Government is taking proactive steps in the prevention of mosquito borne illnesses such as ZIKA and West Nile. Parish President Guy McInnis reminds residents to do an inspection of their property as well as adjacent areas. Residents can report violations such as abandoned swimming pools to the parish’s complaint line at 504-278-4227.

The Parish Council recently adopted Ordinance #1799-07-16, amending Chapter 11, Health and Sanitation of the St. Bernard Parish Code of Ordinances, to create Section 11-8 Mosquito Control. The ordinance prohibits any person or entity to allow conditions conducive to the breeding or harborage of mosquitos to exist on any property.

Examples of those conditions include – but are not limited to the following:

1. The open storage of tires or any other method of storage resulting in water retention
2. Open storage of tarps, visqueen or any other material which is non-porous and allows for accumulation and retention of water
3. Configuration of land, building or any other item which allows water to pool and stand for any period of time.
4. Storage of any vessel, container or item which results in the standing accumulation of water with in that vessel, container or item.
5. Untreated (absence of regular or sufficient chemical shock, chlorine, filtration system or other method approved by the manager of mosquito control or his designee) swimming pools, ponds, baths, or dormant fountains.
6. Any condition which results in the presence of live mosquito larvae or pupae in numbers declared substantial by the Manager of Mosquito Control (or his designee).
7. Any condition which results in the breeding or likely breeding of mosquitos

The Manager of Mosquito Control (or the Manager’s designee) will exercise all administrative authority relative to the application and enforcement of this section. The Manager of Mosquito Control may refer any inspection, remediation/abatement or enforcement action relative to this section to the Office/Division of Resident Services & Compliance or Code Enforcement.

Penalty: Upon a first conviction, the offender shall be punished by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars, or a sentence not to exceed 30 days incarceration, or ordered to perform not more than forty eight hours of community service; or any combination of fine, incarceration and/or community service so ordered by the court. Upon any second or subsequent convictions , the offender shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars, or a sentence not to exceed 60 days incarceration, or ordered to perform not more than ninety six hours of community service; or any combination of fine, incarceration and/or community service so ordered by the court.

This section shall not apply to undeveloped land, any land zoned A-1, Rural or I-2, Heavy Industrial, any parcel of land greater than 1 acre in size, drainage ditches or canals, natural water bodies or any other land, circumstance or condition exempted by the manager of mosquito control or his designee.
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St. Bernard Parish Government to Hold Annual Katrina Memorial in Shell Beach on Monday, August 29th at 9:00 a.m.

St. Bernard Parish Government will hold the annual Katrina Memorial Ceremony in front of the Katrina Monument located at Shell Beach on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Parish President Guy McInnis and Councilmembers will honor the memory of the 164 men and women perished in the storm. For more information contact Maurine Liuzza at 504-278-1506.
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