St. Charles Parish winter weather update

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 11:08 AM

St. Charles is bracing for another night of freezing temperatures with a hard freeze warning in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday. Precipitation has moved out of the area. Any reopening of bridges and overpasses will depend on the number of hours of above-freezing temperatures our area will receive so that ice cover can melt. The forecast currently calls for just three to six hours of above freezing temperatures this afternoon.

A decision about reopening schools and local government offices for Thursday will be made and announced later this afternoon. The parish continues to ask residents to stay off roadways if possible due to continuing icy conditions.

LOCAL ROADS ROUNDUP
St. Charles Parish is advising residents to stay home today to avoid treacherous road conditions. Temperatures will likely not rise enough to de-ice many roadways in the parish today. Below is a comprehensive list of roads status in the parish.

EAST BANK:
I-10 from Loyola exit to LaPlace: CLOSED in both directions.

I-310 from I-10 to LA 48 (River Road in Destrehan): CLOSED in both directions. All ramps at US 61 (Airline Highway) and I-310 are closed.

US 61 (Airline Highway) Spillway Bridge: OPEN. (DOTD will salt and sand through the night to keep it open)

HALE BOGGS BRIDGE:
I-310 (Hale Boggs Bridge): OPEN from LA-48 (River Road in Destrehan) to LA-18 (River Road in Luling) in both directions with left lane closed. (DOTD will salt and sand through the night to keep it open.)

WEST BANK:
US 90 Bridge at Davis Diversion: OPEN. (DOTD will salt and sand through the night to keep it open.)

I-310 from LA 18 to US 90: CLOSED in both directions.

Traffic from LA 3127 eastbound is being diverted onto LA 3160 to LA 18.

LA 3142 railroad overpass at the plants: CLOSED.

US 90 bridge at Des Allemands: Eastbound is OPEN with westbound traffic being rerouted to the old train bridge on LA 631.

The Louisiana State Police indicates that there are NO plans at this time to close the bridge. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has deployed sand and salt on the bridge surface and will make every effort to keep the bridge open as long as possible.

The St. Charles Parish Public Information Office will be updating the parish website and social media accounts as soon as possible as new information about road closures and parish conditions becomes available. Residents can follow www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov for the most up-to-date information.

For a list of road closures throughout the state, visit www.lsp.org or www.511la.org.

CLOSURES AND CANCELATIONS
Wednesday:

St. Charles Parish Public Schools (For detailed information, visit www.stcharles.k12.la.us)
Catholic Schools
St. Charles Parish courthouse in Hahnville and all offices and activities located within
All other local government offices / agencies
All parish recreational games and programs
Boutte Christian Academy
St. Charles Council on Aging Inc.
St. Charles Parish Library branches
German Coast Farmers Market
FREEZE WARNING
The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning through 9 a.m. Thursday for our area. A hard freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. The long duration of sub-freezing temperatures may also cause damage to exposed water pipes if protection action is not taken. Additionally, icy roads are extremely dangerous today. All travel is strongly discouraged and should be limited to emergency situations only. Many highways and bridges are closed.

FREEZE PRECAUTIONS
Please take precautions to protect people, pets, sensitive vegetation, and wrap exposed pipes. Please check on sick or elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they have adequate heating, and please bring all pets indoors and protect livestock. (For more detailed information on water system and heating precautions and safety tips, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.)

REPORTING
Residents are asked to report any downed limbs, power lines or hazardous roadway conditions to the Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050.

In addition, the St. Charles Parish Public Works Department is monitoring and will respond appropriately to local roadway hazards close roads as necessary. The Departments of Waterworks and Wastewater are also working to maintain services throughout the event.

GARBAGE SERVICE
Garbage pickup is canceled Wednesday due to weather conditions and will resume Thursday. Any missed pickups will be made up on Friday.

FROM ST. CHARLES PARISH HOSPITAL
St. Charles Parish Hospital puts the safety of our patients and staff first. As severe weather conditions approach our area, hospital officials will continuously meet to ensure smooth operations and full staffing for the hospital.

Please note that our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are continuing to run throughout the weather and will put up a third truck to assist with calls. These services are reserved for true emergency situations and we ask that the public be mindful of that. In the case of a true emergency please dial 911 for assistance. We have our Emergency Preparedness Plans well into effect and will continue to keep the public up-to-date on any future developments through our Facebook page as well as our website and the Emergency Communications Message Center.

Outpatient services and surgeries are canceled Wednesday.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Any questions or concerns may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. Please call 1-800-ENTERGY for information on power outages, or visit www.entergy.com to view an outage map.

Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements and forecast information. To sign up for emergency texts, e-mails and phone calls from the St. Charles Parish EOC, visit www.scpemergencyalerts.com.

For a list of emergency and winter storm websites, apps and other resources, log on to www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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http://www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/index.aspx?recordid=4893&page=26#sthash.Nwz4aZsC.dpuf

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