St. Bernard Parish President David E. Peralta issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency as a result of the forecasted conditions of Tropical Storm Isaac. President Peralta stated the parish officials are in constant communications with the National Weather Service and surrounding key agencies to monitor the current weather situation.
President Peralta urges St. Bernard residents to carefully monitor the weather and the media updates. 'Although the integrity of our levee system is better than it has ever been, we want citizens to implement their individual emergency preparation plans,' said President Peralta
Currently, St. Bernard Parish is operating at full drainage and pumping capacity. President Peralta said 'Drainage canals have been pumped down to add additional storage capacity.' Public Works' crews are implementing all emergency preparation plans and pre-staging additional pumps for problem areas.
The St. Bernard Parish Emergency Operations Center will be in full operation as of 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, August 27, 2012 and shall remain open until the termination of the State of Emergency.
It is highly recommended that owners of boats and trailers secure their property no later than Monday afternoon. Marine traffic should seek safe harbor.
All residents should secure any loose items around their homes and pick up any debris that may cause obstructions to the drainage catch basins in their neighborhoods.
Residents can call Emergency Operations Center at 504-278-4268 or stay tuned to local media for updates as well as frequently checking the website at www.sbpg.net