Officials prepare for Tropical Storm Nate

Officials prepare for Tropical Storm Nate

(WVUE) - New Orleans and Jefferson Parish officials are keeping an eye on the gulf and are advising residents to also keep their eyes on Tropical Storm Nate.

Officials are preparing for Tropical Storm Nate to bring anything from just rain to full-blown hurricane.

Wednesday, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security discussed the details for storm preparations with the offices of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Officials will meet Thursday with the Sewerage and Water Board to review forecast advisories and determine pumping capacity.

Currently, 108 of 120 drainage pumps are fully operational.

In Jefferson Parish, Parish President Michael Yenni says he's confident the parish is prepared. They'll have nearly 300 workers on-hand this weekend to maintain and operate pumps.

Yenni said the parish has cleaned more than 31,000 catch basins in the past year.

"We've been constantly cleaning drainage lines. Our pumps have been running," Yenni said. "We have a new pump station pump to the river which is fully manned and ready to go, should we need to engage that station."

Yenni said the parish is at nearly full pump capacity, with only one pump down for maintenance.

Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn ordered all public works crews to cancel non-essential work and to focus on cleaning storm drains throughout the city in preparation for the potential for heavy rainfall.

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran has declared a state of emergency Oct. 5 in anticipation of impacts from Nate. Officials are also urging residents to clear drains and ditches around their homes and make sure all items around their property be picked up or brought inside. Residents can report any debris piles or blocked culverts to the Emergency Operations Center at 985-783-5050.

The Department of Public Works has inspected and cleaned ditches, catch basins and drainage infrastructure parishwide. The Emergency Operations Center will have extra staff on duty throughout the event and is prepared to fully activate if needed.

A declaration of emergency for Terrebonne Parish was signed Thursday morning by Parish President Gordon Dove. All Parish Departments are currently beginning preparations to ensure the safety, health and welfare needs of citizens.

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis issued a State of Emergency Declaration at Noon Thursday. There  is a mandatory evacuation for residents outside of the levee protection system beginning at 4:00 p.m.

In St. John Parish, a voluntary evacuation is in effect for areas north of the I-55 off ramp at LaPlace, including Frenier, Peavine and Manchac. A mandatory evacuation is under consideration for these areas on Saturday.

A voluntary evacuation is being considered for Pleasure Bend and areas north of Airline Hwy. that are prone to flooding and homes and businesses that flooded in Hurricane Isaac.

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