Lafourche, Tangipahoa declare a state of emergency

MATTHEWS, LA (WVUE) - Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph declared a State Of Emergency as of noon Monday.

Ice accumulation is a significant risk for roadways and electrical lines.  Lafourche Parish Government Offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Garbage pickup in Lafourche Parish will also be canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday, but routes will be made up later in the week.

Lafourche Parish Government advises local non-essential businesses to close during this winter weather event due to possible icy roadway conditions. Employees that are on site may have to remain until road conditions improve.

Lafourche Parish Department of Public Works will be monitoring all bridges for ice and are prepared to sand bridges as road conditions allow, but closures will be likely.  Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will be monitoring highways for traffic and potential ice.

Residents are reminded to respect all road closures and police barricades and to drive with extreme caution and reduce speeds if you must be on the roads. Black ice is a significant concern; please stay off the roads during this winter storm.

Also, Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess has declared a state of emergency for Tangipahoa Parish due to the winter storm.

Burgess is advising all residents to immediately begin preparing for a hard freeze which is forecast to begin early tomorrow morning and may last through Thursday afternoon.  Severe icy conditions are highly probable and may cause bridge closures and power outages throughout the parish.

Residents should be prepared to be home bound for 2 or 3 days with possible loss of power.  Please be sure to have adequate bottled water, food, and  medication.

The Parish Courthouse, All Parish Offices, and the Tangipahoa Parish Regional Landfill will be CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  A decision regarding re-opening on Thursday will be made later in the week.

All essential employees should report to work in accordance with the parish emergency response plan.