Parish President Guy McInnis, OEP Director John Rahaim and Parish Officials have been in constant contact with state and federal agencies since early Tuesday morning. Parish Government road crews will continue to be in the streets throughout the event.
Based on the information provided by the National Weather Service and the USACE, as of now, Parish Officials have been assured that storm surge and the historic high river levels do not pose a major threat of over-toping of the St. Bernard Parish levee system. “Despite these assurances, we are continuing to stay vigilant,” said McInnis. “There is no protocol for this unprecedented event. We’re asking our families in St. Bernard Parish to be prepared and have a plan for your families’ safety”. Areas in low-lying Eastern St. Bernard Parish outside of the levee protection system should remain on alert as three (3) to five (5) foot storm surge is projected.
In addition, President McInnis is working with the Flood Protection Authority to ensure drainage and pumping stations are up and operational in anticipation of the heavy rainfall associated with Invest 92L. Heavy rainfall is anticipated for late Friday, Saturday and into Sunday. McInnis asks residents to be informed by listening to their local leaders, have a plan for their families and by closely monitoring weather events.
Sandbags will be available on Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the St. Bernard Port. Residents should enter the road to the port off West St. Bernard Highway at Keane Drive, next to the old Kaiser smokestack, and follow the road to the rear of the port, near the Mississippi River levee.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is preparing for the upcoming weather and ask residents to assist by removing any debris that can be moved by the wind or water into drainage system and restrict flow. DPW can be reached at 504-278-4300 during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. After hours DPW can be reached at 504-271-1681.
President McInnis and St. Bernard Parish Government Officials will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Please continue to monitor all SBPG media outlets and your local news for updates.