HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY UPDATE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
- Plaquemines parish continues to be under a state of emergency.
- There still exist a Mandatory Evacuation order from the Captain Larry floodgate south to Venice, all of the Eastbank and a voluntary evacuation for Belle Chasse.
- Government offices are scheduled to resume service on Tuesday September 7th. This may change depending on power and status of our ongoing recovery.
- All non-essential personnel have been granted civil leave through Sunday, September 5th
- Monday, September 6th, Labor Day remains a parish holiday.
WATER AND SEWERAGE
The Dalcour Water Plant was flooded but has since been dewatered. Inframark is onsite assessing damages and cleaning out the facility and pumps to get it back in operation. This process will take several weeks and require approval and clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHH). Unfortunately, this means there will be no water service from the parish line to White Ditch on the Eastbank.
2,000 gallons of potable water was delivered to the Ferry Stop Store and an additional 2,000 gallons was delivered to the Woodlawn Fire Station for use by our Eastbank residents. The National Guard is manning these locations, which will be available to the public until further notice. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS.
The East Pointe a la Hache water plant is online and producing water. This means there is water service from Bohemia to White Ditch. However, a boil water advisory remains in effect from Bohemia to White Ditch.
The Belle Chasse Water Plant (BCWP) which only services the Westbank is online and producing water.
However, there are major leaks in the Ironton area. These leaks are preventing water flow from Ironton to Tide Water Road in Venice. Parish crews and Inframark are currently working to resolve our Ironton leak issues.
Several fire hydrants have been damaged by boats; the damaged fire hydrants are delaying our recovery efforts by placing more unnecessary burdens on our crews assisting us with our water repairs. All boat operators should remain diligent of fire hydrants hidden below the surface of the water. PLEASE HELP THE PARISH AND YOUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS BY NOT TRAVELING IN THESE FLOOD WATERS UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY AND AUTHORIZED BY THE PARISH OR SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
Governor John Bel Edwards has granted the Parish’s request for two large generators to be airlifted to both the Port Sulphur and the Boothville water plants, which will provide a temporary source of water from Port Sulphur Tidal Basin Rd., Venice until the /irontone leaks are repaire.d
The Parish and Inframark have installed another 11 generators to our lift stations; in total we have now installed 22 generators at our lift stations since our recovery efforts began. The Parish is receiving more generators from the State every day and is installing and operating them as they are received.
Even though we are making considerable progress getting our lift stations powered, we continue to ask residents to limit the amount of water going into the sewer system. Please monitor the use of laundry facilities, dishwashers, bathing, and flushing usage.
FLOOD FIGHTING EFFORTS AND PUMP STATIONS
Substantial progress has been made dewatering the Braithwaite area, and several streets in Braithwaite Park are now dry. However, residents are encouraged not to return until the area is completely dewatered. Please be reminded that there is no electrical power of water servicing the area.
Hwy 23 from Ironton to just south of the Woodland Planation remains flooded and impassable, not only due to the flood waters exceeding 3 feet in some areas but also because of the extensive marsh grass debris field on HWY 23. Parish crews and contractors are continuously pumping flood waters, clearing the marsh grass debris field from Hwy. 23 as flood waters continue to recede.
The Parish and its contractors have rocked 11 miles on the river levee, but several more miles are needed before it can be used as a bypass route for the public. Our efforts rocking the river levee are ongoing and almost complete.
Empire river flood gate and locks remains closed, until further notice per DOTD
The Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District is operational and assisting the Parish and PPSO with emergency response.
SHELTER AND FEMA ASSISTANCE
Currently, the Parish is unable to shelter Parish evacuees. Please call 211 for more information regarding state shelters. Pets are accepted at the shelters.
All Parish residents are encouraged to apply for FEMA assistance at 1-800-621-3362;
Beginning Saturday, Sept 4th – Monday, Sept 6th from 8 am until 5 pm FEMA will be onsite at the Belle Chasse Auditorium to assist residents in filing their FEMA application.
File via www.disasterassistance.gov
Disaster supplemental nutrition assistance program (D-SNAP) at www.dcfs.louisiana.gov
Operation blue tarp program by the USACE. Residents can call 1-888-766-3258 or visit www.blueroof.us
The Salvation Army is distributing hot meals at Belle Chasse Middle School every day from12-5 pm, until further notice
American Red Cross will serve lunch and dinner today at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Braithwaite for our Eastbank residents.
There will be a food truck located at Davant Community Center serving meals for our Eastbank residents on Saturday September 4.
There will be a Second Harvest food distribution Monday, September 6, 2021 at the Belle Chasse YMCA, 8101 Hwy. 23 Belle Chasse, LA 70037 beginning at 9:00 A.M.
There will be a Second Harvest food distribution on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Percy Griffin Community Center (Davant Community Center) 15577 Hwy 15, Davant, LA 70040
The National Guard is giving out water, ice, MRE’s and tarps at the following locations:
333 F Edward Hebert Blvd. at the Multi-Purpose Center from 8 am to 6 pm until further notice.
Eastbank - Percy Griffin Center 15771 Hwy 15 in Davant 8am – 4pm daily until further notice.
The Parish continues with the assistance of the National Guard in delivering drinking water and MRE’s to the following locations in the southern part of our Parish:
Port Sulphur Community Center
Buras Fire Department
Boothville Venice Fire Department
The Parish is actively working on getting similar goods and supplies to all areas of the parish as soon as those areas become accessible.
GARBAGE, TRASH AND DEBRIS
Regular household garbage should be placed in garbage cans as normal.
Solid waste garbage trucks will be running daily. Garbage collection will begin today, Saturday September 4 on the Eastbank.
We are asking all residents to move debris to right of way area near their homes.
The following debris should be separated into three different piles.
- The first pile should only consist of vegetative debris, examples include leaves, trees, branches.
- The second pile should only consist of construction debris, examples include sheetrock, carpet, furniture, and other construction related items.
- The third and last pile should only consist of white goods, examples include refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and other household appliances.
- Debris removal will commence Tuesday, September 7th
The compactor/dump site at Sewer Plant Road in Belle Chasse is open and operating at normal hours.
The Parish is currently seeking authority from FEMA for private property debris removal
The Fire Department has had an increase of emergency incidents with the influx of residents returning to the parish. It has responded to multiple medical emergencies, fires and carbon monoxide calls resulting from generator use. There have been several carbon monoxide related deaths in the State in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
The Fire Department encourages safe use of generators. Please read the manufactures directions and follow the 20/20/20 plan. The generator should be 20 feet from your home. You should wait 20 minutes for your generator to cool off before refueling, and you should invest $20.00 in a carbon monoxide detector.
Do not overload a generator with extension cords.
If you feel you may have signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, please dial 911.
We do have fire protection throughout the Parish. Fire fighters are located in Belle Chasse, the Eastbank and southern part of the Westbank. As soon as Hwy 23 is clear, we will be moving our evacuated equipment and apparatuses back down the road.
The Fire Department has been cutting trees, removing debris from roadways, and setting up barricades where there are low hanging power lines.
It is also assisting with the Emergency Operations Center, provided a fire watch for the shelter, and assisted in evacuation of residents, including from Riverbend Nursing Home.
We are asking all residents to refrain from burning trash or debris.
Parish government does not have fuel for the public. Parish fuel resources are being dedicated to emergency response and to fuel parish generators.
Residents are encouraged to continue to shelter in place.
Due to limited resources and a lack of power, we encourage all residents that evacuated to remain at their present location and not attempt to return until further notice.
I want to thank all parish employees, sheriff deputies, and port employees who are actively assisting us in our recovery. I also want to send a special shout out to our state police and national guardsman for all their assistance.
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