August 7, 2023 8:12 PM
The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has issued a statewide burn ban due to dry conditions and extremely high temperatures. This ban will remain in effect until further notice.
August 28, 2023 3:19 PM
UPDATE: STATEWIDE BURN BAN ISSUED DUE TO CONCERNING DRY CONDITIONS
Exceptions Removed Following Increased Fire Danger
BATON ROUGE (August 25, 2023)- Due to an
increase in fire danger across Louisiana, the previous burn ban order issued August 7th has been rescinded and reissued with an update to remove the ability for exceptions to be granted by local authorities.
This new burn ban order by State Fire Marshal Dan Wallis, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, in effect as of August 25, 2023, at 12 p.m., prohibits ALL private burning, with no limitations, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602. This order shall remain in effect until rescinded.
This updated burn ban order coincides with a separate burn ban order issued by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry prohibiting all agricultural burning including but not limited to prescribed burning.
The already extremely dry conditions statewide, and the concern over first responder safety in these dangerously high temperatures, have worsened as wildfires spread across Louisiana and significant rain relief remains elusive in weather forecasts.
Violation of this burn ban order could result in civil and/or criminal penalties.
June 28, 2023 2:12 PM
President Biden signed a federal emergency declaration for the saltwater intrusion event as of September 27, 2023. State of Emergency is in effect in Plaquemines Parish.
To stay current and receive accurate information about the saltwater intrusion effecting the Mississippi River, please click the link below. This link is to be used in conjunction with information provided by the local, state and federal authorities:
SALTWATER INTRUSION UPDATES
October 2, 2023 3:51 PM
Saltwater Intrusion Update - Oct 2nd
On Saturday, Sept 30th the Port Sulphur Water Treatment Plant started receiving Reverse Osmosis equipment. The installation of this equipment will take several days to complete in order to be operational. The reverse osmosis units at Boothville & Pointe a la Hache are still being installed.
On Sunday, October 1st, President Hinkley met with Col. Jones from the US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District
and formally signed the
agreement between both agencies to allow the USACE to barge water to the Plaquemines Parish water plants. Reservoir barges are being placed at the following water plants for barging operations: Port Sulphur, Pointe a la Hache, Belle Chasse, and Dalcour. Both officials were on site Sunday afternoon for the arrival of the first barge of water to the Port Sulphur Water plant.
The drinking water advisories remain in place for the following areas: Phoenix to Bohemia on the eastbank and Empire Bridge to Venice on the westbank. All other areas of the parish are NOT impacted by the drinking water advisory. It is anticipated that once reverse osmosis units are operational then the advisories will be lifted.
July 15, 2022 12:59 PM
This link below will keep residents and businesses informed on any and all flood emergencies.