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St. Bernard Parish Officials to close Delacroix and Florissant Highways due to standing water on highway

St. Bernard Parish President declares a State of Emergency

St. Bernard Parish Officials have closed Delacroix and Florissant Highways until further notice due to standing water on the highway causing unsafe driving conditions.  St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis has declared a State of Emergency in response to flash flooding and severe weather as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy.  President McInnis, Sheriff Pohlmann and Councilmembers would like to thank the residents for adhering the warnings thus far and asks everyone to stay vigilant until the storm is over.

Heavy rain continues to be the primary threat with the threat of flash flooding continuing today.

  • Current forecast is additional 3-6” with potential for 8+”, mainly across coastal MS
  • Elsewhere, totals may be lower, but efficient rain processes could still lead to flash flooding
  • Tidal inundation should peak again during high tide cycles Thursday with 1-3ft of inundation possible
  • Isolated tornadoes possible

Storm Surge Potential

Areas of greatest risk will be continue to be along east and southeast facing shores through this afternoon. As winds shift to the south, tides will begin rising along bayous and bays mainly west of the Mississippi River.

  • 1-3 feet of inundation with isolated areas possibly seeing up to 4 feet of inundation.
  • Inundation levels should peak again during high tide cycle Thursday
  • Main impact will be minor coastal flooding to low lying roads and property along the coast and tidal lakes

Stay Informed  

Sign up for alert notifications at www.sbpg.net and follow St. Bernard Parish Government on Social Media.

St. Bernard Parish Officials monitoring Tropical Storm Cindy

Sandbag Distribution for St. Bernard Residents
Speeding on flooded streets prohibited

St. Bernard Parish Officials has announced two locations for sandbag distribution.  St. Bernard Residents can receive up to 15 sandbags at the following locations:

  • St. Bernard Port, 8000 E. St. Bernard Highway from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Delacroix/Hopedale Junction on Highway 46 (Judge Perez extension) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

FLOODED STREETS

St. Bernard Parish Officials want to remind residents that speeding on flooded are prohibited.

Sec. 20-79. – Operation of motor vehicles or boats on public roads, highways or bridges that are flooded.

  • No person shall operate any motor vehicle or boat on a street or any portion thereof that is flooded as defined in subsection (b) except as may be allowed by subsection (c), (d) or (e) herein.
  • For purposes of this section, a street shall be considered to be flooded when covered by water from the crown or centerline of the street to the top of the curb or edge of the street; or at any time when water covering the surface or any part of the surface of the street also extends into the front yard area of properties adjacent to the street. Also, for purposes of this section “street” shall be construed to include all public streets, roads, highways and bridges.
  • Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, persons residing in homes or apartments or having places of business accessible only by a flooded street may operate vehicles on said street but only if (1) there is no barricade placed by proper authorities under this article across said street or portion thereof to be driven upon; and (2) persons operating said vehicles maintain the lowest possible speed required to keep the vehicle moving while on the flooded area and do not create a wake which may cause damage or may aggravate damages to properties adjacent to the street.
  • (d)No person shall in any way tamper with, move, damage or destroy any barricades, signs or signals placed upon any street within the parish by any department of the parish, the sheriff’s office or any other governmental agency in connection with any such street being flooded; nor shall any person disobey the instructions, signals, warnings or markings of any warning sign, signal or barricade so placed on any such street which is flooded, unless at the time otherwise directed by a police officer of the state or parish.
  • (e)The provisions of subsection (a) or (d) herein shall not apply to vehicular or boat travel authorized by the parish department of civil defense or emergency management or any law enforcement or emergency vehicles when necessary for the preservation and protection of life of property.
  • (f)  The violation of any provision of this section shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, within the discretion of the court.
  • (g) In addition to any criminal penalty which may be imposed for violation of any of the provisions of this section, any person found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed to be prima facie at fault and responsible for damage proximately resulting from or connected with said violation, which presumption, however, may be rebutted and overcome by proper demonstration of the contrary.
  • (h)All law enforcement agencies, officials and compliance officers of this parish are authorized and empowered to enforce compliance of the provisions of this section.  (Ord. No. SBPC 501-07-01, § 1, 7-10-01)

Stay Informed

St. Bernard Parish Government offers multiple ways to stay up-to-date on information.  By visiting www.sbpg.net and going to the Homeland Security Page, residents can sign up for alert notifications, which will send notifications about emergency situations including, but not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; weather advisories; and, infrastructure issues.  Residents may also get accurate, up-to-date information and safety tips by following St. Bernard Parish Government on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StBGov.

St. Bernard Parish Officials monitoring Tropical Cyclone

Residents/Businesses should review their Readiness plans

We are in the third week of hurricane season and are monitoring a potential tropical cyclone development with Invest 93L, a tropical disturbance that could potentially impact the southern Gulf of Mexico. Although this system is currently disorganized, it may present a threat to St. Bernard, so we will continue to watch very closely.

We are urging all residents and businesses to get prepared and stay informed. Parish President Guy McInnis has activated his in-house Crisis Action Team (CAT) to ensure that all necessary steps are taken.

  • Lake Borgne Basin Levee District will send out text notifications 48 hours in advance of lock closures. For more information on lock closures visit http://slfpae.com/closures.aspx.
  • Sandbags are in stock and more being filled.
  • CAT is on standby and will continue to monitor eastern end tide ranges throughout the event until the threat has passed.

Special Needs Registration
Please encourage anyone who requires special assistance during emergencies to enroll in the Parish’s Critical Transportation Needs Program.

The Special Needs Registry includes all individuals, regardless of age, with a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or who may require additional assistance during an emergency. These include those who:

  • Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
  • Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
  • Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or deaf;
  • Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; and,
  • Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.

A family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll an individual on their behalf. Residents may enroll in the Special Needs Registry by calling 504-278-4268 or by visiting www.sbpg.net and go the Homeland Security Page. Download the application and mail to: OHSEP, 8201 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043.

In order for our Parish to be ready to respond, our community must also be ready to respond. Please make sure to get your plan together.

Personal/Business Readiness Plans

  • Designate an out-of-town contact that household members can call if separated during an emergency. Ensure all family members memorize it.
  • Choose a predetermined place to reunite if separated during an emergency. Have one near home and one outside your neighborhood. Your predetermined contact will help you decide and communicate which is best.
  • Stock Up. Disasters can strike at any time and in many forms which may not require residents to evacuate, but would require them to shelter in place without power, running water or access to groceries. Gather supplies for what you’ll need to weather events from chemical spills to Category 1 or 2 hurricanes.
  • Practice alternate routes out. In a disaster roads may be blocked, or streets impassable. Each family member should know all possible exit routes from you home and your neighborhood.
  • Know how you will evacuate in the case of a man-made or natural disaster, whether it be through contraflow in your own car, or locating the nearest Satellite Pick-up Point to where you can get transportation assistance out of town.
  • Get your business ready to return. If you or someone you know is a business owner, apply for a re-entry placard in case of a mandatory evacuation. Make sure that the business has a business continuity plan, including where employees go in case of a mandatory evacuation.

Stay Informed
St. Bernard Parish Government offers multiple ways to stay up-to-date on information. By visiting www.sbpg.net and going to the Homeland Security Page, residents can sign up for alert notifications, which will send notifications about emergency situations including, but not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; weather advisories; and, infrastructure issues. Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified. Residents may also get accurate, up-to-date information and safety tips by following St. Bernard Parish Government on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StBGov.

FREE “Jazz In June” Concert Thursday in Torres Park

Garden District Jazz Quintet to perform June 22nd

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Services has hosted FREE weekly concerts during the month of June.  The final two concerts will take place on Thursday, June 22nd featuring Garden District Jazz Quintet and on Thursday, June 29th featuring Patrice Fisher and Arpa, Latin Jazz Band

The concert will be held in Sidney Torres Park, located behind the Fredrick Sigur Civic Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If it should rain the concert will be moved inside the North Ballroom of the Sigur Civic Center.

Bring your lounge chairs and enjoy the beautiful sound of Jazz music.  Food, drinks, art, crafts and various vendors of different items will be available for purchase.  Vendors will open for 5:00 p.m. Interested vendors should contact Denise at dmontalbano@sbpg.net or call 504-513-6031 for an application.

The Jazz In June Concert Series is made possible by grants through Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Atmos Energy and St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

St. Bernard Leisure Services to offer ASL Basic Sign Language Classes for all Ages

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Services is offering ASL Basic Sign Language Classes for all ages in the Historic St. Bernard Courthouse located at 1201 Bayou Road in St. Bernard.  The cost is $15.00 per person.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays & Wednesdays June 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, and Monday, July 3rd.  Class members will have the opportunity to perform a song at the St. Bernard Salutes America Celebration on July 4th, 2017 in Torres Park (NOT Mandatory)

Offering 3 class TIMES

3:30pm to 4:30pm

5:00pm – 6:00pm

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Please register by emailing Denise Montalbano at dmontalbano@sbpg.net.

St. Bernard Salutes America’s 33rd Annual Celebration

Tuesday, July 4th – 4:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment 
 Fireworks Show at 9:15 p.m.
Admission Is Free

The St. Bernard Salutes America Committee will host its 33rd Annual St. Bernard Salutes America Celebration and Fireworks Display on Tuesday, July 4th, from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Grounds located at 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.  Admission is free.

Entertainment for the event will include live music by Jason Dorcey from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Cypress Pop Trio from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. and Karma from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.  There will be fun for all ages with Face Painting, a Trackless Train, a Magic Show, a Juggling Act and a spectacular fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

Come out, enjoy the fun, and support our local vendors who will be offering a wide variety of food, drinks and more.

For more information contact Andrew Becker at (504) 473-7238.

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Services hosts Monthly Sock Hops through August

Next Sock Hop to be held on June 16th at Val Riess Complex

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Services hosted a Sock Hop on May 19th. The kids danced their socks off in the dance off.  The Leisure Program will host Sock Hops on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. SHARP, through the month of August.  The next Sock Hop will be held on Friday, June 16th where there will be a Limbo Contest and the Winner will receive a $10.00 credit to the Concession Stand.   All sock hops will be held at Val Riess Sports Complex / Hall of Fame Building, located at 1101 Magistrate Street in Chalmette (End of Palmisano).   Children ages 9 – 13 can attend at a cost of $5.00 each.  Children will NOT be allowed to come in and out.  All children must be picked up by 9:30pm.  Police Officers and Chaperones will be on site.

NO DROP OFF- Parents/Chaperone must come in to sign in child(ren) and must have I.D. when picking them up.  As always, there will be a D.J. and extra fun.  Pizza, drinks, candy and other concessions will be available along with NEW and EXCITING items such as glow rings, and glow batons and emoji’s.

For more information on Leisure Services contact Denise Montalbano, Leisure Coordinator at 504-518-6031 or email at dmontalbano@sbpg.net.

St. Bernard Recreation Department to host a Pickleball Demonstration on Monday, June 19th at 6 p.m.

St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department is hosting a Pickleball Demonstration on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Anyone ages 16 or older interested in participating in Pickleball should attend the demonstration at Paul Noel Gym located at 210 E. Moreau Street in Chalmette.

Pickleball instructors Ron Evans and Cliff Zeairs will instruct the basic fundamentals and rules of Pickleball.  For more information contact the Recreation Department at 504-278-4295.

FREE “Jazz In June” Concert every Thursday in Torres Park

Swingaroux to perform June 15th

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Services is hosting FREE weekly concerts during the month of June.  The concerts take place every Thursday in Sidney Torres Park, located behind the Fredrick Sigur Civic Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If it should rain the concert will be moved inside the North Ballroom of the Sigur Civic Center.

Bring your lounge chairs and enjoy the beautiful sound of Jazz music.  Food, drinks, art, crafts and various vendors of different items will be available for purchase.  Vendors will open for 5:00 p.m. Interested vendors should contact Denise at dmontalbano@sbpg.net or call 504-513-6031 for an application.  Here is the line-up for the remainder of the month.

June 15th – Swingaroux 

June 22nd – Garden District Jazz Quintet

June 29th – Patrice Fisher and Arpa, Latin Jazz Band

The Jazz In June Concert Series is made possible by grants through Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Atmos Energy and St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.