LIST: Local offices and businesses closing because of severe weather

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This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at 10:20 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Ida in the Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Ida formed in the Caribbean on Thursday and forecasters said its track was aimed at the U.S. Gulf Coast, prompting Louisiana’s governor to declare a state of emergency and forecasters to announce a hurricane watch for New Orleans. (NOAA via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – With severe weather heading in the direction of Louisiana, local offices and businesses are planning ahead and closing on Monday.

A list of those closures can be found below:

COURTS

Ascension Parish:

Ascension Parish Court will be closed until Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

East Baton Rouge Parish:

Due to conditions resulting from the landfall of Hurricane Ida and major power outages throughout the surrounding city, Baton Rouge City Court will be extending the closure of  the court for Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and Thursday, September 2, 2021. Baton Rouge City Court will reopen on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Employees should report to work on Friday, September 3, 2021, unless otherwise instructed.

The Louisiana Supreme Court Offices and the Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s office
will be closed Wednesday, September 1, 2021 thru Sunday, September 19, 2021.
All filings due during this period of closure, shall be deemed timely filed if filed on or
before Monday, September 20, 2021. However, during this closure, the Court will
continue to handle emergency matters as necessary

The 23rd Judicial District Court will be closed until Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Livingston Parish:

The Livingston Parish Clerk of Court will be closed Monday due to Hurricane Ida. If you need to record or file, we will be open Friday until 4:30 p.m. at the main office as well as the Denham Springs Office.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICES

Thibodaux:

City of Thibodaux Officials have been tracking the weather and continues to be involved in all responses at the state and parish levels. In anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida, Thibodaux Police Department Administrative Offices will close at 12:00 p.m. (Noon Today) Friday, August 27, 2021.

All Thibodaux P.D. Essential Personnel will continue to be out through the storm ensuring public safety. If any police assistance is needed, please contact our office at (985) 446-5021 or simply dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES

West Baton Rouge Parish:

All West Baton Rouge Parish Offices will be closed Monday, August 30th, 2021.

Ascension Parish:

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment announced Sunday, August 28 that parish government
offices will be closed Monday, August 30 due to Hurricane Ida.

“We expect lingering effects from Hurricane Ida will continue to make roadways dangerous
through Monday,” Cointment said. “Only essential personnel from DPW, Drainage,
and Emergency Preparedness will be asked to come in.”

Livingston Parish:

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks has decided that Parish government offices will remain closed until Monday, September 13, 2021 as we work to recover from Hurricane Ida.

HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

EBR Parish:

Most Baton Rouge General clinics will re-open Tuesday, August 31.

The following clinics will remain closed until power returns:

For more information, visit brgeneral.org/weather.

Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 community testing, vaccine sites closing early because of Hurricane Ida

Community-based testing and vaccine sites operated by the Office of Public Health and the Louisiana Army National Guard will close early today in preparation for impacts from Tropical Storm Ida.
Sites south of Interstate 10 will close at noon with the following exceptions:

  • Mall of Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Vaccines only, closing at 2 p.m.
  • Kermit’s Mother-in-Law Lounge, New Orleans: Vaccines only, beginning at 12 p.m. and closing at 3 p.m.

All sites in Regions 6 (Cenla), 7 (Northwest), 8 (Northeast) and 9 (Northshore) will close at 5 p.m. today.
Follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter for information on reopenings.

All Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) clinics in Louisiana will be closed on Monday, August 30.

All Community centers, City-Parish buildings including City Hall will be closed on Monday, August 30.

All City-Parish buildings, including City Hall and all community centers will be closed on Monday, August 30. Due to potential inclement weather from Hurricane Ida, city-parish buildings will be restricted to essential personnel only. 

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS)

Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, Sept 7.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Ida, the FranU campus will be closed through Monday, Sept 6. All campus operations and activities are cancelled including remote classes and Undergraduate clinicals. Graduate clinical students should contact their faculty and/or program directors regarding clinical assignments. If unable to reach faculty or program directors, use your best judgment regarding clinicals. 

Baton Rouge Region
Across the region, communication is our greatest issue at this time. With AT&T’s major disruption, communicating with physicians, team members and others outside of our facilities is extremely difficult.

All clinics remain closed at this time.

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Louisiana’s largest hospital, is fully operational and on regular power. Our teams are communicating with state officials in preparation of receiving patients from hospitals in southeast Louisiana, if necessary.

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is on regular power and fully operational.

Our Lady of the Lake Ascension is on generator power and suffered roof damage on its outpatient surgery center with water damage in the building. Patient care was not impacted and the hospital is fully operational.

Our Lady of the Lake Assumption is operating on generator power and has received significant damage to its adjacent medical office building. The hospital and its emergency room remain open and evacuation is not being considered at this time.

North Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish Freestanding Emergency Rooms are both operating on generator power. Neither facility reports physical damage. Both remain open and fully operational.

Bogalusa Region
Our Lady of the Angels is fully operational and on regular power. Minor damage was reported to the facility and patient care was not impacted. All clinics remain closed.

Acadiana Region
Our Lady of Lourdes is coordinating with the state to potentially receive evacuated pediatric patients to its Women’s and Children’s campus. They have reported available capacity to receive patients, however no further details are available at this time.

North Louisiana Region
St. Francis Medical Center is experiencing increased emergency room volume as a result of evacuated residents from southeast Louisiana who left in advance of Hurricane Ida. SFMC teams are helping to support the medical needs including diabetes and dialysis care as more evacuees arrive.

Jackson, Mississippi Region
St. Dominic Hospital continues to experience lingering effects from Ida. No damage has been reported and all facilities are operational. St. Dominic’s is supporting the local community as it receives an influx of evacuated residents from southeast Louisiana, especially those with special needs and aiding local medical shelters.

OTHER:

East Baton Rouge Parish Library Locations Re-Opening Thursday, September 2

All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations remain closed, Wednesday, September 1. Select library locations will open with modified hours beginning Thursday, September 2.

We anticipate that the following 8 library locations will open THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for patron use, which includes free computer use, Wi-Fi, printing, browsing and circulation, and assistance with patron accounts:

  • Main Library at Goodwood 7711 Goodwood Blvd
  • Carver Branch 720 Terrace St.
  • Central Branch 11260 Joor Rd.
  • Delmont Gardens Branch 3351 Lorraine St.
  • Eden Park Branch 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd.
  • River Center Branch 250 North Blvd.
  • Scotlandville Branch 7373 Scenic Hwy.
  • Zachary Branch 1900 Church St.

Hours for these 8 library locations on will be 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 2 and Friday, September 3.

Other branches will come online as power is restored to their locations.

Schedules for Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5, will be announced on Friday. All libraries will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.

Library Bookmobiles will be deployed to 2 other library locations which currently have no power. Those vehicles can be used as hot spots and charging stations for the residents in the area. Bookmobiles will be parked at the Baker Branch (3501 Groom Rd.) and Bluebonnet Regional Branch (9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.) beginning Thursday, September 2.

The Digital Library remains available 24/7 at //www.ebrpl.com/DigitalLibrary.

Louisiana Lottery offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans will be closed on Monday, Aug. 30 due to inclement weather. All drawings will be conducted as usual and players may still claim small prizes and purchase tickets from Lottery retailers.

BREC: Most BREC Facilities to Remain Closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Ida, most BREC facilities will remain closed until power is restored, debris removed and staff able to make it to work. 

A limited number of facilities have power and will open tomorrow (Thursday, September 2, 2021) including Dumas and Beaver Creek Golf Courses. BREC’s four other golf courses will open as soon as power is restored as will other facilities in the park system. 

BREC crews are activity assessing parks and removing trees and other debris. It appears Anna T. Jordan Community Park sustained the worst damage of any facility in the system with a badly damaged roof. 

Please watch BREC’s social media pages for further announcements. 

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