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PLAQUEMINES PARISH | Latest on roads, water, curfew & more

The nightly curfew is lifted for the Eastbank of the parish
Credit: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — Here’s the latest information on power, curfew, water and more for Plaquemines Parish. Save this link and check back for updates if you live in Plaquemines Parish.

Residents returning to Plaquemines Parish should bring their own water, groceries, gasoline and medical supplies prior to returning to the parish.

Entergy's estimated time for power restoration for the upper parts of Plaquemines Parish is Sept. 7

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 For an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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FEMA AID

To apply for FEMA Aid:

If you need assistance with filling out an application for FEMA aid, you can go to the Belle Chasse Auditorium 8398 Hwy 23 Bell Chasse, LA from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Port Sulphur YMCA 28 Civic Drive Port Sulphur, LA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FEMA is making arrangements to set up at the Percy Griffin Community Center on the Eastbank.

HOT MEALS, ICE, WATER

PODS

The National Guard is giving out water, ice, MRE’s and tarps at the following locations:

  • Port Sulphur - South Plaquemines Elementary 
  • Buras Fire Station
  • Boothville Venice Fire Station
  • Davant - Percy Griffin Community Center

The Parish is actively working on getting similar goods and supplies to all areas of the parish as soon as those areas become accessible.

HOT MEALS

The Salvation Army USA has advised that they will be distributing food at the following locations at 1pm:

Boothville Venice Elementary School (*cleaning supplies available here*)

Port Sulphur YMCA

POWER

To view the latest outage information, visit Entergy's Outage Map.

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Parish President Kirk Lepine said Wednesday morning that the southern end of the parish remains without power, as is Eastbank from White Ditch down. Parts of Belle Chasse are also without power, including the government complex center, which is running on generator power at this time.

GENERAL INFORMATION 

WATER

• Effective immediately, the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health has lifted the boil water advisory for customers that live from Belle Chasse to Alliance. The repairs have been completed and bacteriological surveys show that the water is safe to drink.

•  Parish President Kirk Lepine said the boil water advisory remains in place from Alliance down, as well as the entire Eastbank. Officials are waiting on test results to determine if the water is safe and the advisory can be lifted.

• Belle Chasse/Scarsdale Ferry and Pointe a la Hache Ferry are currently running at their regularly scheduled times. 

 WATER AND SEWERAGE

• EAST BANK:

The Dalcour Water Plant is back in service.

The East Pointe a la Hache water plant is online and producing water. This means there is water service from Bohemia to White Ditch. However, a boil water advisory remains in effect from Bohemia to White Ditch. 

WEST BANK:

The Belle Chasse Water Plant (BCWP) which only services the Westbank is online and producing water.

There are still major leaks in the Ironton area. Parish crews and Inframark are working diligently to identify and repair those leaks. These leaks are preventing water flow from Ironton to Tide Water Road in Venice. The Port Sulphur Water Plant is currently unable to produce water due to flood water damage. We are working to get the Boothville water plant up and running.

800 gallons of potable water has been delivered to the Port Sulphur Fire Station and 800 gallons of potable water to the Buras Fire Station. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS.

  • Port Sulphur Fire Station
  • Buras Fire Station

PUMP STATIONS 

EAST BANK:

Scouring repairs to the levee behind Braithwaite have been completed.

Please be reminded that there is no electrical power or water servicing some parts of the area.

WEST BANK:

For more information on Highway 23 from Ironton to Pointe a la Hache, please contact PPSO or follow their social media accounts.

Highway 23 from Ironton to just south of the Woodland Planation remains flooded but is passable.

The Parish and its contractors have rocked 20 miles of the Mississippi River levee to convoy residents and relief aid to the currently inaccessible areas of Port Sulphur to Venice.

Additional pumps have been deployed to the Wilkinson Pump Station, Pointe Celeste and Pointe a la Hache to further enhance the dewatering of Highway 23.

MARINE TRAFFIC

• Empire river flood gate remains closed, until further notice per DOTD.

• Empire Flood gate at Bay Adams is currently open.

The Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District is operational and assisting the Parish and PPSO with emergency response.

SHELTER 

Currently, the Parish is unable to shelter Parish evacuees. Please call 211 for more information regarding state shelters. Pets are accepted at the shelters. 

Parish President Kirk Lepine said residents who were evacuated to West Monroe and Alexandria have been brought back to the Belle Chasse High School gym, with the plan to move them to the multi-purpose center on the government complex once full power is restored.

Are you displaced from your residence due to damage from Hurricane Ida? Plaquemines Parish has been designated as one of the parishes now eligible for FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. 

You must apply for disaster assistance first at http://disasterassistance.gov. Visit http://femaevachotels.com or call 800-621-3362 for more information. 

Cooling center and internet access is located at Exceleration Church 7737 Hwy. 23 from 10 am to 8 pm until further notice. 

First Baptist is offering Disaster Relief. Please call 334-261-8616 for more information. 

Until further notice, from 8 am until 5 pm FEMA will be onsite at the Belle Chasse Auditorium to assist residents in filing their FEMA application. 

Until further notice, 10 am to 4 pm FEMA will be onsite at the Port Sulphur Community Center to assist residents in filing their FEMA applications. 

As of today, 4,949 Plaquemines Parish residents have filed applications with FEMA and have been awarded $2.2 million.

Disaster supplemental nutrition assistance program (D-SNAP) at www.dcfs.louisiana.gov

Operation blue tarp program by the USACE. Residents can call 1-888-766-3258 or visit www.blueroof.us

The Salvation Army is distributing hot meals at Belle Chasse Middle School every day from 12-5 pm until further notice. 

There will be a Second Harvest food distribution on  Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 9 am, Percy Griffin Community Center (Davant Community Center) 15577 Hwy 15, Davant, LA 70040 

GARBAGE, TRASH, AND DEBRIS

Regular household garbage should be placed in garbage cans as normal.

Solid waste garbage trucks will be running daily in all areas that are accessible.

We are asking all residents to move the debris to the right-of-way area near their homes.

The following debris should be separated into three different piles:

 

• The first pile should only consist of vegetative debris, examples include leaves, trees, branches.

• The second pile should only consist of construction debris, examples include sheetrock, carpet, furniture, and other construction-related items.

• The third and last pile should only consist of white goods, examples include refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and other household appliances.

• Debris removal will commence on Tuesday, September 7th

• Debris removal on the east bank will commence as soon as possible. We are asking east bank residents not to place debris on the levee side. Levees need to be inspected and any residential debris will impede this progress.

The compactor/dumpsite at Sewer Plant Road in Belle Chasse is open and operating at normal hours.

The Parish is currently seeking authority from FEMA for private property debris removal.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Fire Department has had an increase in emergency incidents with the influx of residents returning to the parish. It has responded to multiple medical emergencies, fires, and carbon monoxide calls resulting from generator use. There have been several carbon monoxide-related deaths in the State in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. 

The Fire Department encourages the safe use of generators. Please read the manufactures directions and follow the 20/20/20 plan. The generator should be 20 feet from your home. You should wait 20 minutes for your generator to cool off before refueling, and you should invest $20.00 in a carbon monoxide detector. 

Do not overload a generator with extension cords. 

If you feel you may have signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, please dial 911.

We do have fire protection throughout the Parish. Firefighters are located in Belle Chasse, the Eastbank, and the southern part of the Westbank. As soon as Hwy 23 is clear, we will be moving our evacuated equipment and apparatuses back down the road. 

We are asking all residents to refrain from burning trash or debris as the State Fire Marshal has issued a burn ban for Plaquemines Parish. 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

The Parish government does not have fuel for the public. Parish fuel resources are being dedicated to emergency response and to fuel parish generators. 

Riverbend Nursing Home has returned its residents to its facility.

Mosquito control trucks and areal spray will take place tomorrow weather permitting.

SCHOOLS

All Plaquemines Parish Public Schools and central offices are closed until further notice.

CURFEW

The nightly curfew is lifted for the Eastbank of the parish, the the dusk to dawn curfew, and mandatory evacuation, is still in place from Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery south to Venice on the Westbank

TRASH PICK-UP

Salvage waste trucks will run daily in all areas that are accessible.

Residents are asked to separate trash into three piles to help expedite pick-ups:

  • Vegetative: Consists of trees, branches, leaves
  • Construction Debris: Construction-related items, furniture
  • Refrigerators, ovens, household appliances

Trash will resume Tuesday, Sept. 7 except for along the Eastbank. That will return as soon as possible.

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