NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Here’s how parishes are preparing for Hurricane Delta and what might come afterwards.
The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) is closely monitoring Hurricane Delta. Currently, 98 of 99 drainage pumps are available for service. One drainage pump at DPS 7 in Lakeview is now under repair. Crews are working to bring this pump back online by Friday, October 9, 2020.
Regarding power, Turbines 1,3, 4 and 6 are available as well as all 5 Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) generators and all frequency changers. Turbine 3 is designated for emergency use only.
Declares parish-wide state of emergency.
ST. TAMMANY PARISH:
All Emergency Operations liaisons are currently on stand-by. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is prepared to physically activate the Emergency Operations Center. Public Works personnel are pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post roads, in addition, crews are clearing debris from drainage ditches and lowering the levels of retention and detention ponds. Tammany Utilities is ensuring all equipment is operational and back-up systems are in place.
ST. CHARLES PARISH:
Parish president declares state of emergency.
Public Works is preparing the parish by checking all 56 pump stations, clearing storm drains and ensuring our drainage systems fulling operational. Residents should not put out bulk debris; while regular garbage services remain on schedule, excessive bulk debris will inhibit public works from focusing on other storm fighting actions and could become projectiles during high winds or cause clogs in the drainage systems.
Parish President Kirk Lepine has declared a State of Emergency for Plaquemines Parish in anticipation of heavy rain and wind, storm surge, and possible flooding due to Hurricane Delta.
Parish Public Service and Operation Department crews are working to ensure pumps throughout Plaquemines Parish remain fully operational and continue to clean canals and catch basins ahead of the storm.
Currently, there are no Parish evacuation orders in place. Plaquemines Parish Government is urging all Parish residents to begin their personal preparations for the potential threats imposed by Hurricane Delta.
Residents are encouraged to clear leaves and debris from gutters, downspouts, and in front of catch basins to help rain get to the drain. It is also encouraged that all residents place their garbage and recycling bins curbside on their scheduled collection days this week in anticipation of heavy rain over the weekend. If heavy rain occurs, residents should remove all bins from the curb and secure them on their property to avoid debris clogging storm drains and the loss of bins if street flooding occurs.
ST. JAMES PARISH:
Operations crews are preparing pump stations, continuing to clear debris from storm drains and ditches, and collecting curbside tree limbs around the parish. Utilities crews are ensuring all equipment is operational and back-up systems are in place.
Owners of vessels in Biloxi’s four harbors and marinas have been notified that they should consider moving their vessels to safer locations ahead of turbulent weather possible with Hurricane Delta.
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