“Take time this weekend to strengthen your home,”Mayor Broome begins storm planning

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the city of Baton Rouge has begun storm preparedness.

Broome wants locals to begin their own storm planning before heavy rain fall begins on August 24.

“Take time this weekend to strengthen your home, secure loose outdoor items, and clean any unnecessary debris.  Ensure you have enough supplies for each person in your household, for at least three days, including but not limited to: food and water, personal hygiene items, medication and first aid supplies, hand sanitizer and face coverings, communication devices and extra batteries, personal identification, cash and important documents, as well as specific items for your pets and children. Do not forget to fill your gas cans, check your generators or other hurricane supplies, and make contact with your family, friends and neighbors. By preparing ahead of the storm, you are aiding our community’s preparedness and making us more resilient,” said Mayor Broome.

According to MOHSEP, The City-Parish Department of Public Works has made the following preparations:

  • Barricades will be staged over the weekend.
  • The warehouse is stocked with 3,695 yards of sand and 400,000 sandbags.
  • Community sandbag locations are being restocked with sand & sand bags, should they be activated.
  • Inspections are scheduled for the major drainage outfalls.
  • The storm debris collection contractor has been put on alert.
  • The back-up generator contractor has been mobilized to fuel up/top off the fuel tanks.
  •  City-Parish building roofs, window wells, and drains are being cleared; sump pumps are being checked.
  • The 311 Call Center is ready with personnel on standby.
  • Capital Lakes is at 30 feet and will be lowered to accommodate the anticipated rainfall.
  •  A contingency plan is in place with Republic Services for Tuesday/Wednesday if needed.

More on tropical storm 14 and Tropical Storm Laura can be found here.

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