MOHSEP provides details about Tropical Storm Barry preparations and closes City-Parish government on Friday

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According to the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security And Emergency Preparedness, the The City-Parish government is closed on Friday, July 12. Essential personnel are still expected to work today.

The reason for this is Tropical Storm Barry.

MOHSEP IS DETAILING CITY ASSETS BELOW:

DPW and BRPD have pre-deployed barricades in flood prone areas where roadways are subject to flooding. City Officials have communicated our plan for deployment with DOTD representatives. In the event that heavy rain impedes travel, a coordinated effort will be used to deploy barricades in and around our Parish with DOTD. 

Areas for barricades include:

·         I-110 in Gov. Mansion curve

·         Chippewa St train overpass

·         Wooddale Blvd from Bellhaven Trace Drive to Florida Blvd

·         Lobdell Blvd from Greenwell Springs Road to Florida Blvd

·         S. Acadian @ railroad overpass

·         Burbank Drive @ W. Parker Blvd

·         Bluebonnet Blvd @ railroad overpass

·         Florida Blvd Service Rd from Little John Drive to S. Flannery Road

·         Oak Villa Blvd between Tom Drive and Florida Blvd.

·         S. Sherwood Forest Blvd, running North and South of I-12

·         Plank Road @ Harding Blvd

·         Scenic Hwy @ Beech Street

·         Scenic Hwy from 72nd to Harding Blvd

·         Scenic Hwy @ Monte Sano Avenue

·         North Blvd at 10th St

·         1700 block of Chadsford Avenue  

·         Antioch Blvd and George O’Neal Lane

MOHSEP IS ENCOURAGING CITIZENS TO GET PREPARED:

Citizens are advised to continue to heed the advice of community officials and stay informed.

Please follow these preparations to ensure you and your family are prepared and informed:

·         Tie down loose items in your yard

·         Clear storm drains of any debris

·         Get your medications taken care of and any other special medical needs.

·         Ensure you have an adequate supply of food and water for all members of your family and your pets.

·         Make contact with your family and friends now; discuss a plan to check-in. Use the Buddy System and check on your neighbor.

·         If you lose electricity, local radio is a great source of information.

·         Ensure you have extra batteries and charge your electronic devices.

Stay informed by:

  • Monitoring your local weather radio and TV stations for Tropical Storm Barry forecasts.
  • Visiting www.brla.gov/emergency for the latest emergency information for our Parish.
  • Download the Red Stick Ready app to view emergency information on your cellphone.
  • Follow Red Stick Ready on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you are interested in learning more about preparedness resources visit, redstickready.com.  

HERE IS A LIST OF SAND AND SANDBAG LOCATIONS:

MOHSEP said, “as of today, the City-Parish has distributed approximately 665 tons of sand and 96,000 sand bags to all EBR Parish sand and sandbag locations. Additional sand and sand bags are being delivered today to all locations. Sand and Sandbag deliveries will continue on Friday.”

Sand and sandbags can be found at 12 locations throughout the Parish:

·         BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds – 16072 Airline Highway           

·         BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Mayer Road   

·         BREC Cadillac Street – 6117 Cadillac Street

·         BREC Doyles Bayou Park – 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Road     

·         BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 S Flannery Road       

·         BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Lane       

·         BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Road   

·         BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss Street    

·         St. George Fire HQ – 14100 Airline Highway

·         1507 Mississippi St. at the Public Works Yard

·         3325 Groom Rd. Behind City Hall

·         Zachary Youth Park, 1650 Mt. Pleasant Road

HERE IS WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IS WORKING ON:

The Department of Maintenance is continuing to check our major outfalls, channels, creeks, road crossings, and problem areas throughout the Parish. They have crews cleaning around our roadside storm drains removing dirt, grass, trash, and debris that may be blocking these drains.

Here are some tips to improve drainage:

·         Keep gutters and drains free of debris

·         Place lawn clippings in garbage cans, and never blow or sweep them into a catch basin

·         Encourage your neighbors to do the same

PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION IN PREPARATION FOR TROPICAL STORM BARRY:

MOHSEP said the “Baton Rouge Police Department has transitioned to 12-hour shifts in order to have increased presence in the city, effective 5:00am on Friday, July 12.”

EMS has transitioned to a modified staffing level in order to have increased presence in the parish. Additionally, Acadian Ambulance has located five extra units in the parish. East Baton Rouge 911 Center has seen a 25% increase in 911 calls over the past several days.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GARBAGE AND RECYCLING PICKUP:

  • Garbage and recycling services will be running normal routes.
  • Some delays may occur in the event of strong storms, depending on their severity.
  • Service adjustments or cancellations will be made based upon weather conditions.

IF YOU HAVE A NON-LIFE THREATENING ISSUE, CONTACT THE 311 CALL CENTER

Operating 24-hours. Call-takers will be manning the phones throughout the day and night. Residents are encouraged to call 311 for general information and to report non-life threatening emergencies.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION DURING THE STORM:

  • For more information please visit www.brla.gov/emergency
  • Contact MOHSEP at (225) 389-2100
  • Follow @RedStickReady on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and download the Red Stick Ready mobile application – free on Apple and Android devices by searching “Red Stick Ready”.

  

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