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Pearl River, March 15 (FOX 8 Photo) Pearl River, March 15 (FOX 8 Photo)
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Livingston Parish:

Parish President Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Mark Harrell have decided to implement a curfew for residents in severely impacted areas of Livingston Parish. Residents are advised to check with their local representatives for involvement. The curfew will be implemented from dusk Tuesday until dawn Wednesday in those areas receiving the most impact from flood waters. Pay close attention in high water/barricaded areas. The curfew will be strongly enforced in those areas for everyone's safety. 

St. Tammany Parish:

  • Schools: John Paul II High School is closed Wednesday, March 16. The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is closing schools in the Northshore High Learning Community Wednesday, March 16. This includes Northshore High, Boyet Junior, Little Oak Middle, Cypress Cove Elementary and Honey Island Elementary. After close consultation with the Office of Emergency Preparedness this decision was made based on a new forecast of the river crest moving south at a slow pace through Wednesday, further road closings in the area, and possible evacuations and potential cuts to power in surrounding neighborhoods. All other St. Tammany Parish Public Schools will be open on Wednesday. Students who are still unable to attend school due to flooding will be given an excused absence and allowed to make up any work missed.
  • St. Tammany Parish Disaster Declaration: This declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals. If you are a resident of St. Tammany and your home or business was damaged by flood waters in the event beginning March 8, and continuing, you may qualify for help from FEMA. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Residents who called the preliminary numbers, 985-898-2323, or 211, should proceed to apply for assistance directly through FEMA with the contact information above.
  • Emergency Shelter to Open Tuesday Evening at 5 p.m. in Slidell: St. Tammany Parish Government will open an American Red Cross emergency shelter at Community Christian Church located at 1460 Lindberg Drive in Slidell at 5 p.m. this evening. Pets and alcohol are not allowed. Occupants should bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.
  • St. Tammany Area Transit Continues Partial Service in Western St. Tammany: STAR Transit will continue to operate a partial service only the western side of St. Tammany Parish through Wednesday, March 16. St. Tammany Parish’s on-demand transit service will be operating west of Louisiana Highway 434 due to the continued flooding on the eastern half of the Parish. STAR Transit will reevaluate its service area on Thursday, March 17, after close consultation with the National Weather Service and Parish Emergency Operations Center personnel. 
  • Permit Fees for Structures Damaged in the March 2016 Heavy Rain Event in St. Tammany Parish Waived: Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, today issued an Executive Order that waives permit fees for the repairs and/or rebuilding of homes and structures damaged by the effects of the March 2016 heavy rain event. All other requirements of the building permit process will remain in place, including, but not limited to; filing for a permit, plan reviews and inspections. To contact the Department of Planning and Development, Permits visit www.stpgov.org/departments/permits. To read the Executive Order, click here.

Tangipahoa Parish:

Tangipahoa Parish road crews will close a portion of Puls Road starting on Wednesday, March 16, to complete a culvert repair. Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the road, which runs north/south, intersecting with LA 40 on the north and LA 442 at its southernmost point, will be closed as crews replace a series of culverts at the lowest point of the roadway. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes while the repair is being completed. 
Public works officials estimate the repair will only take a day or two, weather permitting.

Expanded Federal Declaration: 

Governor John Bel Edwards' request that President Barack Obama expand the existing federal declaration for the State of Louisiana to include an additional 16 parishes was granted today.

Newly approved: 
St. Tammany
West Carroll

Previously approved: Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by established deadlines. DUA is available to individuals who:

• Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment.

• Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.

• Establish that the work or self-employment they no longer can perform was their principal source of income.

• Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state.

• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster, or,

• Who became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applications filed after the deadline, will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. In some cases, additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted with 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.

Disaster unemployment assistance is available from weeks of unemployment beginning March 13, 2016, and up to September 17, 2016, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster.

To file for disaster unemployment assistance, applicants should apply online at http://www.laworks.net or call the Benefits Analysis Team at 1-866-783-5567 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Central time. Additional information is available at http://www.laworks.net. Personal assistance is available through local Business and Career Solutions Centers.

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