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Tangipahoa Parish officials prepare for Isaac

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Information provided by Tangipahoa Parish Government

Tangipahoa Parish President hosted a public safety stakeholder meeting Monday at 9 a.m. The meeting was attended by representatives and elected officials from every agency in the parish including law enforcement, social service, municipal, parish and state agencies. All state, parish and municipal agencies have a coordinated plan of action and response for Tropical Storm Isaac.

WIND PRECAUTIONS:

Tangipahoa Parish is expected to receive tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) beginning as early as Tuesday morning. Winds are expected to increase to sustained winds of 60 - 80 mph for a 36 hour period with gusts up to 100mph. Residents are encouraged to secure pets, outdoor furniture, and items that may become projectiles.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION:

Effective immediately, Tangipahoa Parish President, Gordon Burgess has called for a voluntary evacuation of all areas south of Hwy 22. The is due to anticipated flooding in low lying areas as a result of expected 14-18" of rain coupled with an anticipated 6 to 10 foot tidal surge.

MANDATORY EVACUATION:

Tangipahoa Parish President, Gordon Burgess has called for a mandatory evacuation of extreme southern portions of Tangipahoa Parish effective at 5:00pm today. This includes: the Manchac area, the Akers community, Lee's Landing, and all areas south of Wadesboro and Weinberger Roads. The mandatory evacuation is due to anticipated coastal flooding in these areas as a result of expected 14-18" of rain coupled with an anticipated 6 to 10 foot tidal surge.

SHELTERS:

Tangipahoa Parish will open six public shelters of last resort today at 5:00PM. Shelters are staffed to provide security and shelter only. Residents who utilize the parish shelters should bring food, water, bedding, medications, and any other personal items that they may need. Shelter locations are as follows: Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School. We encourage residents to check on the elderly in the community. Residents who evacuate to shelters with pets: must have the pet in a carrier, with an adequate leash, collar, food, bowls, and medications. Please note that the pets will be transported to a separate site for housing and care. PETS WILL NOT BE HOUSED AT THE SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS. Anyone needing assistance with their evacuation may register online at www. tangisafe.com (Evacuation Help Tab) or by phone with their local fire department.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER:

The state has not made an announcement regarding the opening of a special needs shelter in Tangipahoa Parish. Any residents with special needs needing shelter, should report to the LSU Field House in Baton Rouge with a caregiver.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

All Tangipahoa Parish Government offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Essential parish workers are to report to work in accordance with the parish emergency response plan.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH REGIONAL LANDFILL:

The Tangipahoa Parish Regional Landfill will remain open until Noon tomorrow, if weather conditions allow. The facility will be closed all day Wednesday. An assessment will be made by landfill staff after to storm to determine when the facility will reopen for business.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH SCHOOLS:

All Tangipahoa Parish public schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 and 29 due to Tropical Storm Isaac. All after-school activities scheduled for today, tomorrow, and Wednesday have been cancelled. The Tangipahoa Parish School System website (www.tangischools.org) and the School System Emergency and Weather Hotline (985-748-2450 or 1-877-432-1490) will have updated information as it becomes available.

Oak Forest Academy in Amite will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

VILLAGE OF TICKFAW:

Tickfaw City Hall will NOT be used as a shelter. It will be used for maintenance and office operations only. Water and Sewer will be up and running. Tickfaw will NOT be issuing sand bags. You may reach Tickfaw city hall at 985-542-9249, Mayor Lamonte at 985-507-5714, Maintenance at 985-507-8794, or the Municipal Clerk at 985-320-0020.

SAND BAGS:

The parish is currently distributing sand bags at both of the parish road and bridge facilities in Hammond at 44512 West Pleasant Ridge Road and in Roseland at 63101 Commercial Street. Residents may get up to 25 sand bags per residence.

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