(WVUE) - Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Zeta. The storm is expected to impact the northern Gulf Coast by Wednesday, Oct. 28. Strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rain, and tornadoes are all possible.
The governor and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) have been monitoring Zeta for several days and began coordination calls with local emergency managers Sunday. A state of emergency allows GOHSEP and other state agencies to use state resources to aid in storm response efforts.
The following list is organized alphabetically by parish.
Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment has declared a state of emergency for Ascension Parish ahead of Hurricane Zeta.
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed a parish-wide emergency disaster declaration Monday, Oct. 26 ahead of Hurricane Zeta.
Sand and sand bags are available at the following locations in East Baton Rouge Parish:
- BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds – 16072 Airline Highway
- BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Mayer Road
- BREC Cadillac Street – 6117 Cadillac Street
- BREC Doyles Bayou Park – 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Road
- BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 S Flannery Road
- BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Lane
- BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Road
- BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss Street
Republic Services will begin Wednesday garbage/recycling/trash services at 4 a.m. on Oct. 28 due to Hurricane Zeta. Republic will not return for reported missed pickups. It is imperative to place garbage and recycling bins out Tuesday evening.
HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency will have self-serve sand and sand bags at the following locations beginning Monday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.
Please bring your own shovel.
If you need assistance, contact the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency at 228-255-0942 or Hancock County Central Dispatch at 228-255-9191.
- Old Hancock County Complex, 3068 Longfellow Drive
- Lakeshore Community Center, 6440 Lower Bay Road
- Bayside Fire Department, 6215 West Hinds Street
- West Hancock Fire Department, 16006 Washington Street
- Diamondhead City Hall, 5000 Diamondhead Circle
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle has called for a mandatory evacuation as of noon on Tuesday. Curfew will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until the mandatory evacuation is lifted.
Mayor of Jean Lafitte Tim Kerner, Jr. and Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng have issued a mandatory evacuation for the town of Jean Lafitte, Lower Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria due to Tropical Storm Zeta. The order goes into effect at 6 a.m. CST on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
The Jefferson Parish Department of Drainage has 193 pumps and 73 pump stations operating at 100 percent capacity.
With the potential threat to Jefferson Parish from Hurricane Zeta, the Alario Center drive-thru testing site will suspend services Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Alario Center testing site will close because it is supported by the Louisiana Army National Guard and they are shifting operations to storm support.
Residents are encouraged to gather emergency supplies, including food, water, and medications for at least three days. Residents are also encouraged to clear out leaves and debris from gutters, downspouts, and in front of catch basins to help rain get to the drain.
Residents should place their garbage and recycling bins curbside on their scheduled collection days. If heavy rain occurs, residents should remove all bins from the curb and secure them on their property to avoid debris clogging storm drains and the loss of bins if street flooding occurs.
As our Emergency Operations team continues to monitor the storm, here are a few reminders:
- Please refrain from putting large debris curbside
- As of now, garbage service remains as scheduled
- Check your emergency supply kit (food, water, batteries, flashlight, first aid, medicine, cash, communication devices)
- Secure loose items around the outside of your home
- Make sure catch basins and storm drains are clear of debris
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issues an emergency declaration for Orleans Parish ahead of Hurricane Zeta.
Orleans Parish will make sandbags available to all residents Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or until supplies last) at the following locations:
- Arthur Monday Center, 1111 Newton St.
- Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
- Saint Maria Goretti Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd.
- NOFD Engine 8, Desire and Law Streets
In preparation for expected impacts of Hurricane Zeta, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will suspend all bus and streetcar services beginning at noon on Wednesday, October 28th. All ferry service will be suspended at the end of regular operations on Tuesday, October 27. RTA will operate the Algiers Point - Canal Street bus shuttle from 6:00 am until full transit service is suspended. All transit operations will remain suspended until further notice and until it is deemed safe for service to resume.
The city is calling for a voluntary evacuation of areas outside the levee system, including Irish Bayou, Venetian Isles, and Lake Catherine, beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Neutral ground parking will be allowed starting 6 p.m. Tuesday, although residents are asked not to block streetcar tracks, intersections, or bike/walking paths.
Those who might need extra help during a storm due to age, ability, or medical needs should sign up for the city’s Special Needs Registry. To register, call 311 or go to specialneeds.nola.gov. The city will also provide text updates to residents. To sign up, text ZETA to 888777 (subscribers who received texts for Delta, Beta, Sally, Laura, Marco, or Cristobal will automatically be subscribed).
Parish President Kirk Lepine has declared a State of Emergency for Plaquemines Parish in anticipation of heavy rain, storm surge, and tropical-storm-force winds due to Zeta.
Effective 8 AM, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Voluntary Evacuation will be ordered for the following areas:
- The entire East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
- West Bank of Plaquemines Parish from Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery to Venice.
Parish Satellite Locations: Pick-Up will begin at 10 AM
West Bank Parish Pick-Up Location:
- Port Sulphur Government Building
- Boothville Elementary School
- Buras Auditorium
East Bank Parish Pick-Up Location:
- Percy Griffin Community Center
- Plaquemines Parish Government Complex, PROWM Building (333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd, Belle Chasse)
- Port Sulphur YMCA, 278 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur
- Buras YMCA, 36342 Hwy 11, Buras
- Boothville Area across from Boothville-Venice Elementary School
- Davant Community Center, 15577 Hwy 15, Braithwaite
- Braithwaite Auditorium, 1253 LA-39, Braithwaite
ST. BERNARD PARISH
St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis has declared a state of emergency for St. Bernard Parish due to Hurricane Zeta and the threat to life and property of the citizens of St. Bernard Parish.
- Administration has ordered 6 pumps to help alleviate any potential flooding
- 4 – 12″ pumps will be positioned outside the levee protection system
- 2 – 6″ pumps will be positioned inside the levee protection system
President McInnis is urging all parish citizens to begin their personal preparations.
- Please pick up anything on your property that could become a projectile or hazard
- CONTRACTORS AND HOME-BUILDERS ARE ASKED TO SECURE THEIR SITES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
- Parish personnel are currently cleaning drains and pumping down canals
- All internal parish pumps are operational
- Parish is positioning assets to service the potential needs of the citizens
- NO EVACUATIONS MANDATED YET
ST. CHARLES PARISH
In St. Charles Parish, residents are reminded that now is not the time to put out bulk debris. As of now, garbage service will continue to operate as scheduled.
ST. JAMES PARISH
St. James Parish President Pete Dufresne declared a state of emergency ahead of Zeta.
Crews are preparing pump stations, continuing to clear debris from storm drains and ditches, and collecting curbside tree limbs from residents. Utilities crews are ensuring all equipment is operational and back-up systems are in place.
Five self-service sandbag locations will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 for St. James Parish residents. Sand and bags will be available; please bring a shovel.
- Grand Point Fire Station - 32122 Highway 642 Paulina
- Vacherie Fire Training Center - 29126 Health Unit St. Vacherie
- Kingview Street Fire Station - 8120 Kingview Street, St. James
- Gramercy Water Plant - 407 East Jefferson Highway, Gramercy
- Lutcher Water Plant - 1132 Lutcher Avenue, Lutcher
Residents should prepare home and business properties by securing objects that may impede drainage or become projectiles. Also, remove any debris from catch basins and storm drains. All residents are encouraged to gather essential supplies and prepare for power outages.
Residential garbage service will resume normal routes. Routes for the rest of the week will be dependent on weather conditions.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH
Sandbag sites open Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. til, weather permitting.
- St. John Community Center
- Railroad Avenue Fire Station (near Riverside Academy)
- Ezekiel Jackson Park
- Juan Anthony Joseph Memorial Park
- Wallace Fire Station
- Lucy Fire Station
- Pleasure Bend Fire Station
Pre-filled sandbags for elderly and disabled:
(Limit 10 pre-filled)
- 425 Captain G. Bourgeois, LaPlace
ST. TAMMANY PARISH
Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Emergency Declaration in advance of Tropical Storm Zeta.
Sand bag sites in St. Tammany Parish open Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m. with someone on-hand to assist the elderly or disabled. Please bring your own shovel in case all shovels provided are in use.
Tangipahoa Parish Government has opened self-serve sandbag locations at fire stations throughout the parish effective Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Self-serve sandbag stations will be set up at the main fire station in each of the following communities: Natalbany, Loranger, Husser, Wilmer, Kentwood, and Independence. In the 8th Ward, sandbag stations will be set up at the fire station on LA 445 and at the new station on LA 22 east in Bedico. In Ponchatoula, the fire stations on LA 22 east and west of the city limits will have self-serve sandbag stations, as will the Hammond Baptist Fire Station.
Residents will need to bring their own shovel to fill the sandbags at the self-serve sites.
In Terrebonne Parish, an emergency declaration was signed Monday, Oct. 26 by Parish President Gordon Dove.
A parish-wide curfew has been ordered by Terrebonne Sheriff Tim Soignet effective immediately.
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