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September 3, 2012 6:51 PM

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has lifted the nightly curfew that had been in effect for the area of Lafourche Parish south of the Valentine Bridge, meaning all curfews in the parish have now been lifted. President Randolph would like to thank the residents of Lafourche as well as law enforcement from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Thibodaux Police Department, Lockport Police Department, Golden Meadow Police Department and Louisiana State Police Troop C for their cooperation during curfew hours.

All Lafourche Parish School Board schools will remain closed until further notice due to electricity issues and clean-up efforts!

 


August 31, 2012 12:24 PM

Distribution Sites to Open in Lafourche Parish

(Mathews, La.) -- Lafourche Parish Government opened three “points of distribution” today. Lafourche Parish residents can receive emergency food, water and ice at any of the following locations:

Raceland - Lafourche Parish Ag. Center, 101 Texas Avenue in Raceland
Lockport – Victory Life Church, 1200 Crescent Avenue in Lockport (moved here for safety issues.)
Golden Meadow - Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, 723 North Bayou Dr. in Golden Meadow.

All sites close at 6:30 p.m. and reopen at 8 a.m.

Supplies available at the PODs sites right now are:
MRE’s
Water

We are awaiting delivery of tarps and ice, and they should be available by tomorrow at the latest.

These PODs sites will be open until further notice.


Lafourche Parish Lifts Daytime Curfew, Advises of Road Closures

(Mathews, LA) -- At the request of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish President Charlotte A. Randolph has announced that a nighttime curfew will be enforced effective tonight until further notice from Lockport to Golden Meadow between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.. Road conditions are such that this is necessary for safety. Without electricity roadways are dark and hazards are difficult to see during the nighttime hours.

Please take note of the key road closures in the interest of public safety.

Motorists from Larose to the southern boundary of the parish are able to move freely throughout the area where roads are safe and passable, however there are still several important road closures in effect until further notice.

LA 1 and LA 308 is CLOSED from Lockport to Larose due to downed power poles across the roadway.
LA 1 south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates is CLOSED due to inundation.
Burma Road in the St. Charles Community is CLOSED due to rising water.

“We understand that residents want to get home to check on their families and properties, but we ask that they do so safely and to please be patient while crews work to restore electricity and make travel safe in all areas of the parish,” President Randolph said.
While travel throughout the parish is allowed, residents are strongly advised that all road closures will be strictly enforced.


To assist contractors in the removal of debris, it is requested that residents place all debris at street curbside away from fire hydrants, low hanging wires and water meters. To further assist in these efforts, we ask that the storm debris is separated into different piles.

These piles are:
1. metal,
2. clean wood and tree debris,
3. white goods (household appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, a/c units, washers and dryers, microwave ovens, TV’s, etc…), and
4. batteries, chemicals or other items that may be of a hazardous nature.
5. Loose debris should be boxed, bundled, and containerized as much as possible.
Regular household garbage services are suspended at this time until further notice. Stay tuned for further information regarding regular service as it becomes available.


August 30, 2012 12:41 AM

Curfew in Lafourche Parish Partially Lifted

(Mathews, LA) – Parish President Charlotte A. Randolph announced that the curfew will be
lifted over a portion of Lafourche Parish at 6 am Thursday morning. Travel will be allowed
from Lockport to the northern boundary of the parish and will also include the Bayou Blue,
Des Allemands and Gheens communities.

In order to allow Entergy to repair a downed power line, there will be a roadblock preventing
traffic from travelling on LA 308 in the Raceland area between the two lift bridges in the
interest of public safety and service restoration.

The curfew remains in effect from Lockport to Golden Meadow to allow crews to do
essential works to restore electricity as quickly as possible. Additionally, LA 24 remains closed
to traffic due to trees blocking the roadway from Larose to Bourg. LA 1 below the Leon
Theriot Floodgates remains closed due to innundation.

The curfew will be lifted as soon as these essential works are completed.


August 29, 2012 4:30 PM

City of Thibodaux Up-To-Date Information
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

THIBODAUX, LA -
City of Thibodaux Offices and Harang Auditorium - Will remain closed through Thursday, August 30, 2012.
 
Thibodaux City Court and Offices - Will remain closed through Friday, August 31, 2012.
 
City and Lafourche Parish Curfew - Is in effect until further notice. Only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads.
 
Lafourche Parish Court - The 17th Judicial District Courts and the Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court's Office will remain closed through Friday, August 31, 2012.
 
School Closings - Lafourche Parish Public Schools and the Max Charter School will remain closed through Friday, August 31, 2012.
 
Thibodaux Parochial Schools - Will remain closed through Thursday, August 30, 2012. The decision to re-open Friday, August 31, 2012 will be made on Thursday once the storm has passed and power outages assessed. Each school should check their school website.
 
Nicholls State University - Will remain closed through Thursday, August 30, 2012.
 
The Lafourche Parish Public School administration also requests that principals report to their individual schools to perform a damage assessment as soon as the threat from Hurricane Isaac is over and the curfew is lifted.
 
SCLTC - Campus Closure Update: All campuses of SCLTC will be closed Thursday, August 30, 2012. The Young Memorial Marine Extension will be open to the existing STCW Class only. A decision on the entire college regarding Friday, August 31 will be made by noon tomorrow, Thursday, August 30, 2012.
 
 
Please stay tuned to your local television and radio stations and the City's Website for upcoming forecasts and any advisories released by Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph and/or Mayor Tommy Eschete. To obtain information regarding Lafourche Parish areas outside the City of Thibodaux, contact the Lafourche Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at 1-800-834-8832.
 
All updates and advisories can also be found on the City's website at www.ci.thibodaux.la.us., Facebook and Twitter page. 


Wed 8/29/2012 7:17 AM

Hurricane Isaac continues to impact Lafourche Parish

(Mathews, La.) -- Hurricane Isaac made a second land fall near Port Fourchon at
approximately 3 a.m. and is now moving West Northwest at 8 miles per hour with maximum
sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Approximately 35,000 customers have lost electrical power caused by downed trees and power
lines throughout the parish.

Due to these hazardous conditions, the curfew has been extended until further notice in the
interest of public safety, and is being strictly enforced by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
President Randolph reminds all residents to stay indoors and shelter in place until conditions
improve and the curfew can be lifted.

Residents should stay tuned to radio and television stations live and via the web for more
information on Isaac. The latest information is also available at the Lafourche Parish Government website at http://www.lafourchegov.org.


Wed 8/29/2012 12:22 AM

Isaac’s winds take a toll on Utility Customers But Lafourche Parish holds its own against the storm

(Mathews, La.) -- Tropical force wind sweeping across Lafourche Parish knocked out nearly 11,000 Entergy customers in the past few hours. According to Entergy the utility has located their personnel and equipment to keep them safe from incurring damage during the storm. Customer outage information will be updated on entergy.com as soon as we can safely assess storm damage.

The main problem with the outages according to reports from law enforcement agencies are tree branches knocking out power lines, or damaged transformers.

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte A. Randolph imposed a parishwide curfew beginning tonight from 7 o’clock until 6 a.m. but extended it until further notice in the interest of public safety. Residents are mandated to adhere to this curfew. Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said that additional officers are assigned to roadways and anyone in violation of the curfew will be stopped, questioned, and appropriate action will be taken.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the roads, streets and highways are quiet at this point, and officers have not had problems with curfew violators.

The Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and Port Commission Police closed LA Hwy. 1 at the South Lafourche Levee District flood wall due to the worsening weather and water over the roadway between Golden Meadow and Leeville .

The Department of Public Works closed the Valentine, the Cote Blanche, and Galliano Pontoon Bridges over Bayou Lafourche to vehicular traffic at 8 a.m. today because of safety issues caused by high tides. The bridges will remain closed to automobile traffic until further notice.
Marine traffic on Bayou Lafourche will not be affected by the vehicular closures.

The South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD) closed the Ted Gisclair and Leon Theriot floodgates at 8 a.m. today.

SLLD General Manager Windell Curole said this evening that he did not find any major problems with the levees surrounding the southern part of the parish.

Randolph said all residents should stay tuned to radio and television stations for more information on Isaac. The latest information is also available at the Lafourche Parish Government website at http://www.lafourchegov.org.


Tue 8/28/2012 11:14 PM

Lafourche Parish Curfew Extended Until Further Notice

(Mathews, La.) -- Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph this evening extended the parish wide curfew past 6 a.m. Wednesday until further notice.

The President imposed the curfew today, which began at 7 p.m., to insure public safety.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said curfew violators will be questioned and appropriately dealt with when they are stopped by deputies.


Tue 8/28/2012 10:38 AM

Lafourche Parish is now under a tornado watch. Winds are expected to increase by 1 p.m. today to an unsafe level for driving. Isaac will also bring heavy rains to our parish over the next 24-36 hours associated with the threat of tornadoes. Because of these extremely hazardous weather conditions, businesses should strongly consider closing by noon to allow employees safe travel home and to allow business owners to secure their businesses.


Tue 8/28/2012 10:09 AM

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte A. Randolph has imposed a parishwide curfew beginning tonight at 7 o'clock, August 28 (Tuesday) until 6 am August 29 (Wednesday). Residents are mandated to adhere to this curfew. Sheriff Craig Webre has stated that additional officers will be assigned and anyone in violation of the curfew will be stopped, questioned, and appropriate action will be taken. Again, this is a parishwide curfew mandated for your safety during the storm event.


Tue 8/28/2012 8:24 AM

Lafourche Parish Government Closes Pontoon Bridges over Bayou Lafourche

(Mathews, La.) -- The Department of Public Works closed the Valentine, the Cote Blanche, and Galliano Pontoon Bridges over Bayou Lafourche to vehicular traffic at 8 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012, because of safety issues caused by high tides. The bridges will remain closed to automobile traffic until further notice.

Marine traffic on Bayou Lafourche will not be affected by the vehicular closure.


Mon 8/27/2012 4:26 PM

Thibodaux Police Department Increases Manpower for Issac

Thibodaux Chief of Police Scott Silverii announced that the Thibodaux Police Department has implemented its Emergency Operations Plan for the City of Thibodaux.

The Thibodaux Police Department has increased the number of Officers on patrol, and will be answering emergency calls for service during Tropical Storm Isaac.

Chief Silverii and the Thibodaux Police Department will be available to help with any emergency that may arise.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 985-446-5021 if you need assistance.

All updates and advisories can also be found on the City's website at www.ci.thibodaux.la.us., Facebook and Twitter page.

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Mon 8/27/2012 3:43 PM

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Business Offices to Close

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced that the business offices of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office shall close at 4:00 PM today, in advance of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac. Offices are set to reopen on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:00 am, barring any additional complications that may arise relative to the storm.

 

Residents can rest assured that all necessary functions required to serve and protect our communities is in place as we are proactively doubling our staff  and utilizing all available equipment in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac’s arrival.  We encourage residents who need storm related assistance to contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center directly at 985-532-4327.

 

Our normal emergency numbers will also be in effect throughout the onset and aftermath of the storm and are listed below for your reference:

911

985-532-2255

985-868-2255

985-449-2255

985-798-2255

 Sheriff Webre encourages all residents to take necessary precautions in advance of the storm.  We are actively working with our Parish Emergency Operations Center to ensure that all aspects of storm preparation and recovery are utilized.

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Mon 8/27/2012 2:24 PM

 

Lafourche Parish Government Prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph announced today that a mandatory evacuation is in place for the low-lying areas south of the Leon Theriot Floodgate and Port Fourchon.

A voluntary evacuation call went into effect for the area north of the floodgate at noon today.
Randolph said that people who live in vulnerable structures should consider evacuating to safer buildings before the storm makes landfall.

The parish has opened an evacuation shelter at the Raceland Recreation Center for evacuees from Grand Isle and the areas below the floodgate in South Lafourche.

Authorities at Port Fourchon said this morning that all company employees and port personnel will be fully evacuated from the facility by 6 p.m. today.

The Department of Public Works announced that all pump stations have pumped water to the lowest possible safe level.

Sandbags are currently available at all Lafourche Parish Government Field Offices.

The Emergency Operation Center activated its phone bank yesterday for residents who have questions about the storm plan for Tropical Storm Isaac. The telephone numbers for persons with questions are (985) 537-7603 or (985) 446-8427.

Randolph said all residents should stay tuned to radio and television stations for more information on Isaac. The latest information is also available at the Lafourche Parish Government website at http://www.lafourchegov.org/.

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Mon 8/27/2012 1:10 PM

Following Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph's lead, Thibodaux City Council and Mayor Eschete have declared a state of emergency for the City of Thibodaux. City Hall will be closed on Monday through Wednesday, but essential personnel are on-duty and on stand-by. "The City is taking all necessary steps to get ready for the incoming storm," said Mayor Eschete.

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KITS

According to Emergency Preparedness officials, families should build an emergency supply kit at home that includes:

  • Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least 3 days)
  • Non-perishable food (three-day supply)
  • Non-electric can opener for food
  • Batteries
  • Important documents
  • Daily Medications
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kit
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Sanitation Items
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Dust masks
  • Maps

 

All updates and advisories can also be found on the City's website at www.ci.thibodaux.la.us., Facebook and Twitter page.

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Mon 8/27/2012 10:16 AM

Tropical Storm Isaac General Update for City of Thibodaux Residents

THIBODAUX, LA -   Due to the inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Isaac, Mayor Eschete is asking residents to take care of personal needs, protect pets, and secure homes by boarding windows and clearing surrounding area of outdoor items that can become hazardous projectiles during high winds. Please be advised that Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has issued a State of Emergency for the entire Parish.
 
Thibodaux residents can get sandbags at the Public Works Department located at 1219 Henry S. Thibodaux Street. Residents must bring shovels to fill bags.
 
Progressive Waste Solutions representative states, "There will be normal trash and debris pick-up service today and may possibly resume pick-up service on Thursday, August 30, 2012."
 
City offices and the Harang Auditorium will be closed beginning today, Monday, August 27, 2012 at noon and will re-open on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM. However, the City's emergency personnel continue to prepare the City for TS Isaac.
 
Please stay tuned to your local television and radio stations and the City's Website for upcoming forecasts and any advisories released by Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph and/or Mayor Tommy Eschete. To obtain information regarding Lafourche Parish areas outside the City of Thibodaux, contact the Lafourche Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at 1-800-794-3160.
 
All updates and advisories can also be found on the City's website at www.ci.thibodaux.la.us., Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Mon 8/27/2012 1:15 AM¿

Lafourche Parish Government offices close as Isaac approaches

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph said today that Lafourche Parish Government offices will close to the public from Monday, August 27 through Wednesday, August 29, 2012 because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

However, all field offices will be open and fully staffed in order to prepare drainage ditches, storm drains and sandbags. All other parish government employees will remain on a standby status through Wednesday.


Sun 8/26/2012 9:51 PM

THIBODAUX, La. - Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, the Nicholls State University Athletic Department has canceled the Football Kickoff Luncheon scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27.

In addition, the Colonel Athletic Association's Renewal Party, originally scheduled for Aug. 28, has been pushed back to Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Full refunds will be offered on all tickets purchased for the luncheon. Ticket holders may also elect to donate the cost of the ticket to the Colonel Athletic Association.

Nicholls State University has issued Phase III Alert, resulting in the cancelation of classes on Monday and Tuesday. Please continue to check geauxcolonels.com for updated schedule information regarding this week's athletic events.


August 26, 2012 6:14 PM

LAfourche Parish School Closures

Lafourche Parish school board schools will be closed through wednesday according to the Lafourche Parish Governemt



August 26, 2012

DOTD suspends toll collections to facilitate evacuation, emergency and protective services

LEEVILLE, La. – Today, in response to the declared state of emergency caused by Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is suspending toll collections at LA 1 in Leeville to facilitate evacuation, emergency and protective services. DOTD will notify the traveling public when tolling services resume.

Additionally, DOTD has reached out to contractors working on evacuation routes to ensure no closures or lane restrictions will be in place should evacuation efforts occur.

DOTD, under authority of Title 48 and as agent for the Louisiana Transportation Authority (LTA), hereby declares that the tolls will be suspended from this date until the need for evacuation or emergency services cease as determined by DOTD.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511.

 

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