POWER UPDATE: Cleco crews made good progress yesterday with Isaac restoration. Cleco expects to have power restored today to all customers who can take power. In St. Tammany, the number of customers without power has been reduced to 1,741.
RELIEF SUPPLIES: Louisiana National Guardsmen are distributing water and ice and ice from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Point of Distribution located at the corner of Bayou Lane and Pennsylvania Avenue (the parking lot located immediately outside of Heritage Park.) Parish President Pat Brister and Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan worked with the Louisiana National Guard throughout the day Friday to implement this program in three locations throughout St. Tammany. Mayor Freddy Drennan extends a special thanks to Convoy of Hope, a faith based organization, that is supplementing the Slidell distributions with additional supplies.
DISASTER RELIEF: Following his conference call with President Barack Obama, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and Parish President Pat Brister, Mayor Freddy Drennan has confirmed that Slidell citizens who experienced flooding and loss as a result of Hurricane Isaac will be eligible to apply for aid through the Individual Assistance program. To determine eligibility and apply, citizens can call 1-800-621-3362 or apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov. On Saturday, FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Towers Building located at 520 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell for one-on-one application assistance. The center will be open 8am 6pm daily in the back parking lot of the building. Residents with questions or assistance needs related to Hurricane Isaac can visit this center or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
FLOODED AREAS: The flooding in the Palm Lake and Camellia Drive area has substantially receded. All streets are now passable, though there is still some standing water toward the back of the subdivision. In order to ensure the safety and security of residents and their properties, the Slidell Police Department continues monitor the entrance to these areas. Proof of residency is required for admission. Drivers are again reminded of city ordinances which prohibit driving in excess of 5 mph through standing water, as this could push water into homes. The ordinances will be strictly enforced. The penalties for violations could include fines of up to $500, imprisonment for up to 15 days and court ordered restitution for property damage caused.
CITY OF SLIDELL offices will reopen for business Tuesday, Sept. 4.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES: Continued city news is available on the emergency information section of the City of Slidell's website, www.slidell.la.us/emergency.php. Additionally, updates are being posted on the 'City of Slidell' Facebook page and 'SlidellSOS' emergency news Twitter account.