BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish is joining Ascension Parish and declaring a parish-wide Emergency.
The mayor’s office released this statement below about the declaration.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed a parish-wide Emergency Disaster Declaration last night ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Zeta in Southeast Louisiana. This emergency declaration is in line with the State of Emergency declared by Governor John Bel Edwards on Tuesday, October 26. This local disaster declaration allows East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP) to activate any and all necessary emergency plans as well as, provides the ability to request resources in the event local resources may be exceeded in response to potential effects from Hurricane Zeta.
“Our local first responders and emergency crews are Red Stick Ready and I implore our residents to do the same. Remember forecasts models can change and impacts can be felt well outside of the cone. Now is the time to prepare your homes, families and neighbors,” said Mayor Broome. “It’s also important to not become ‘COVID Fatigued’. Please be mindful of social distancing guidelines, face coverings, and cleanliness as you make your hurricane preparations.”
Along with the State of Emergency, EBR is deciding to make some changes to garbage and recycling pickup because of Tropical Storm Zeta.
Details on those changes can be found below:
Republic Services will begin Wednesday garbage/recycling/trash services at 4:00 a.m. on October 28, 2020 due to Hurricane Zeta. Republic will not return for reported missed pickups. It is imperative to place garbage and recycling bins out this evening.