News Alert: Jefferson Parish Update
Posted: 8/29/2012 1:16:01 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
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Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123 504-736-6410 Fax: 504-736-6413
www.jeffparish.net
Kriss Fortunato, Public Information Officer
kfortunato@jeffparish.net
504-258-8255
rcollins@jeffparish.net

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NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
August 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The remaining residents in the Town of Jean Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria are strongly encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation order of Mayor Tim Kerner, issued Monday. Water continues to rise and soon residents will become stranded and cut-off from police, fire, and EMS services.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has announced a “Dusk to Dawn” curfew beginning this evening in effect for all of Jefferson Parish including the cities of Kenner, Gretna, Harahan, Westwego, and Lafitte.

There are numerous reports of widespread downed trees and power lines throughout Jefferson Parish. Citizens are strongly urged to stay indoors at this time. Do not touch downed power lines, trees or fences which may present a life-threatening risk of electrocution. Citizens are asked to clean out their drains of any debris that may have fallen while the wind gusts have subsided temporarily.
Jefferson Parish rainfall totals beginning 10:00 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012 to 10:00 am today are: Eastbank 8.74 inches and Westbank 10.5 inches.

Entergy reports 168,000 (78%) customers in Jefferson Parish are out of power as of 7:30am, Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Entergy is evaluating if weather conditions are safe to allow crews to respond. If there is a break in the weather they will be opening staging areas today and mobilizing contractor and company crews into the service areas. Entergy has a plan, and asks for your continued support.
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Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123 504-736-6410 Fax: 504-736-6413
www.jeffparish.net
Kriss Fortunato, Public Information Officer
kfortunato@jeffparish.net
504-258-8255
rcollins@jeffparish.net
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Jefferson Parish crews will begin assessing damage and the careful process of clearing debris from roads as soon as it is safe to do so.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the Harvey Canal sector gate is closing. USACE reports outfall canal pumps have been operating throughout the night, in coordination with Jefferson Parish. The West Closure Complex Sector Gate closure was completed at 9:15 a.m. USACE is currently closing the sluice gate drainage structures.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises the Harvey Tunnel, located on the Westbank Expressway, is closed to motor vehicles at this time. As a safety precaution the LA DOTD is asking motorists to avoid using the Harvey Tunnel for travel. The Huey P. Long Bridge and the Crescent City Connection bridges are open.

All Jefferson Parish Government, Municipal, and Court employees are expected to report to work as regularly scheduled on Friday, August 31, 2012. Employees may get updated information on the Employee Information Line at 736-6003.

All Jefferson Parish Public Schools will remain closed through Monday, Labor Day, September 3, 2012, due to Hurricane Isaac. The closures include the central office. All JPPSS athletic events and after-school activities have been canceled through Monday.

All garbage and recycling collection services scheduled for Thursday, August 30th, are CANCELLED. Residents are advised not to place any garbage, recycling, trash or storm debris curbside until after Parish officials have advised that it is safe to do so. All four Parish Trash Drop-off Sites and the Jefferson Parish Landfill will be closed on Thursday, August 30th.
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