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Delaware | Whooping cough cluster in Western Kent County

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is investigating 48 confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in western Kent County among persons in the Amish community.

DPH reminds people that prevention is your best protection, including vaccination against pertussis, washing hands frequently, and, if ill, seeking medical attention and staying home from work and school.

Symptoms of pertussis usually develop within 7-10 days after being exposed, but sometimes not for as long as 6 weeks. Early whooping cough symptoms include runny nose or congestion, sneezing, and possibly mild cough or fever. Severe coughing can begin 1-2 weeks after the illness starts. In infants, the cough can be minimal or non-existent, but it can cause apnea. Apnea is a pause in the child’s breathing pattern. If your infant or anyone is experiencing difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

DPH is working closely with the Amish community to offer vaccinations, treatment, and information. Pertussis is generally treated with antibiotics and early treatment is very important. Treatment may make the infection less severe if it is started early, before coughing fits begin. Treatment also can help prevent spreading the disease to others.

“Pertussis can be deceiving,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “It can start out as a mild illnesses and the onset of serious symptoms begin quickly. DPH is reminding people again about the importance of preventing the spread of the disease through vaccination, and early detection and treatment.”

DPH reminds community members that vaccination is the best protection against whooping cough. Children who never have received any doses of the vaccine are at least eight times more likely to get pertussis than children who got all five doses of the vaccine before age 7. Whooping cough spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. It is a very serious illness for babies and children.

For information on your vaccination needs, including booster shots for adults (especially important for pregnant women) and child immunizations, contact your doctor or call the DPH Immunization program at 302-744-1060. Delaware offers free and low-cost vaccines for children who qualify.

North Carolina | Dare County – Winter storm ending however high impacts continue

Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches have been noted across the Coastal Plain through the northern Outer Banks. Additional accumulation is likely early this morning, especially across the northern Outer Banks where the snow will end the latest. Gusty north winds have produced significant snow drifts in parts of Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil hills making travel impossible for passenger vehicles according to Dare County officials. Occasional white-out conditions will continue across the northern Outer Banks and areas adjacent to Albemarle and northern Pamlico sounds this morning. Travel will continue to be extremely dangerous to impossible this morning. 

A few changes noted: Not much change to ongoing forecast and accumulations of sleet and snow. Winter precipitation should be ending across the coastal plain by mid morning, and along the Outer Banks by around noon. Sleet that had fallen early in the evening across inland areas has turned over to all snow as of midnight. Sleet is still predominantly falling along a line from Jacksonville to Oregon Inlet. Some minor ice accretion has been observed on Hatteras Island. Sleet along the coast will transition to a brief period of snow before ending this morning.

Sleet accumulations across the rest of Eastern NC have ranged from an inch or two. As the sleet changes to snow along the coastal areas south of Oregon Inlet, accumulations up to an inch or two will fall before ending late this morning.

Although the wintery precipitation is expected to end this morning, roadways will remain hazardous through Friday morning. High temperatures today will remain below freezing across eastern North Carolina with snow and ice covered roads a serious issue. Low temperatures tonight will fall to between 5 and 10 degrees inland to the low/mid 20s along the immediate coast. Temperatures will climb above freezing for a short duration Thursday afternoon but fall well below freezing again Thursday night. Any melting that occurs on Thursday will quickly become black ice on roads Thursday night, especially on lesser travelled roads, bridges, and overpasses. Snow and ice covered roads will likely remain that way where the heavier accumulations have occurred. Slow snow melt will occur Friday as highs climb into the 40s, with more rapid melting this weekend with highs in the 50s to perhaps 60 degrees.

Florida | Santa Rose County – Extreme cold event & winter storm – Multiple updates

Winter Storm Update #6

Road/Bridge Closures

The following roads and bridges are closed until further notice:

• Navarre Beach Causeway (SR 399 Bridge between Navarre and Navarre Beach)

• I-10 is closed between, Scenic Highway (Mile Marker 17) and State Road 87 (Mile Marker 31) including Escambia Bay bridge. Traffic is being detoured via U.S. 90

• U.S. 98, Pensacola Bay Bridge is closed to all traffic.

• Tolls are suspended on the Garcon Point Bridge tolls. Motorists should slow down and use caution when approaching toll plazas, but should not stop. SunPass customers can be assured their accounts are not being charged.
Road Conditions

• Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Officials are asking everyone to stay off the roads as there are dangerous conditions present throughout our county. If you choose to drive you are endangering yourself, other citizens and public safety agencies like first responders.

• There are ice laden tree limbs falling in roadways and hanging low enough to hit vehicles. Night driving will be very hazardous.

• Road & Bridge crews are unable to respond to road issues in the northern portions of the county due to road conditions. As soon as they can safely get on the roads they will be out placing barricades and sanding iced bridges. For central and southern portions of the county the supervisor will make a determination if they will respond to issues.

• Response times for public safety agencies will be delayed due to the frigid weather conditions. Not only do they have increased call volumes they must drive in the same deteriorated road conditions present throughout the county. They must also use extreme caution on the scene as ground conditions can cause fall injuries to responders.

Power Outages

Santa Rosa County residents who cannot maintain heat due to power outages or any other reasons are encouraged to call the Citizens Information Line at (850) 983-INFO (4636).

Gulf Power is reporting 1,674 outages as of 8 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Crews work hard in very tough conditions to restore power as quickly and safely as possible and most of their customers without power will be restored tonight before 10 p.m. on Jan. 28. If your power is not restored by 10 p.m., you may be without power until noon or as late as 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. An outage map is available at MyGulfPower.com.

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Please do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages. Power outages should be reported to Gulf Power at 1-800-GU-Power (1-800-487-6937) or Escambia River Cooperative, Inc. at 1-877-OUT-EREC (1-877-688-3732).

Never touch a fallen power line, and assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged.

General Safety Information

• Please monitor your home weather radio and local media outlets for the most up-to-date information.
• Your best defense in any disaster is a NOAA Weather radio.
• Citizens can signup to automatically receive breaking news alerts from Santa Rosa County Emergency
Management via e-mail or as a text message on their cell phone at:
www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency/publicwarning.html.

Mississippi | State of emergency declared – Winter storm warning

Nearly half of Mississippi is expected to experience a severe winter storm starting this morning. Governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency and as MPB’s Paul Boger reports the arctic blast is expected to dump snow, sleet and ice on much of the southern portion of the state.
Forecasters are predicting between two to four inches of snow and sleet to fall on 36 counties South of Interstate 20.
Tim Erickson is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“The rain and stuff will come in pretty quick behind the freezing temperatures.” said Erickson. “[It will] Transition to sleet early Tuesday evening with some snow possibly mixing in before ending very early Wednesday morning.
The State of Emergency Governor Phil Bryant declared will help state agencies prepare for the worst.
“The emergency declaration that was issued today was done so in a administrative fashion as a tool that will allow state officials to position and deploy resources to assist areas that are impacted by this emergency.”
However, officials say the best thing Mississippians can do today to keep themselves safe is to simply stay home. Robert Latham is the Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
“Once the moisture starts falling, regardless if it’s freezing rain, sleet, snow or a combination that conditions are going to be hazardous.” said Latham “You just need to stay at home, people just need to be smart, make preparations before hand, and once the conditions start to deteriorate stay off the roads until conditions improve.”
The University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University and more than 30 school districts in South Mississippi have canceled classes for today and possibly Wednesday.

Louisiana | St John the Baptist Parish – Multiple updates – Winter storm warning

Currently, temperatures are 29 degrees and falling with winds of 15-20 mph. The onset of sleet and icy weather conditions are occurring throughout the parish. Freezing temperatures will continue throughout the night accompanied by sleet and freezing rain.

The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center will remain activated through the night. Residents can call 985-652-2222 for questions or information or dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

As a result of severe weather conditions impacting roadways and causing road closures, all St. John the Baptist Parish businesses with the exception of gas stations are required to close by 10:00 p.m. tonight.  The sale of alcohol is not permitted after 10:00 p.m. tonight. 

Business owners should monitor weather and road conditions with safety in mind before re-opening Wednesday morning.

WATER CONSERVATION
Water Consumption is at capacity and residents must minimize the use of water until further notice. ALL activities that require large quantities of water including filling bath tubs, washing clothes, running dishwashers, flushing toilets should be minimized.

Do NOT drip faucets during the day with normal activity within the home. While sleeping, a slow drip of only one faucet is recommended. If consumption is not reduced, residents will experience loss of water pressure or a complete loss of water.

POWER OUTAGES – 1-800-9OUTAGE – entergy.com
Entergy crews are stationed in the Parish should power outages occur.

EMERGENCY RADIO CHANNEL – WWL 870 AM

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

• Run a very slow drip on one faucet farthest from where water enters the house
• Stay off roads and stay indoors
• Plan for a three day supply of water, food and medication
• Check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors during freezing temperatures
• Keep flashlights ready with extra batteries
• Place generators OUTSIDE to prevent carbon monoxide from entering the home.
• Bring pets and sensitive plants indoors
• Wrap and protect exposed pipes
• Dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency

ROAD CLOSURES
1. Veterans Memorial Bridge – closed
2. Hale Boggs Bridge – 1 lane closed in both directions
3. I-55 Northbound & Southbound – closed – Old Hwy. 51 (low road) is open for traffic.
4. I-10 Eastbound & Westbound – closed between Hwy 641 (Gramercy exit) in St. James and Loyola exit in Kenner. Traffic will be routed through SJBP on Airline Hwy.
5. Hwy 3188 on-ramp to I-10 Eastbound.
6. Will be closing I-10 EB & WB from LaPlace to Airline Exit in Gonzales shortly.
7. Check lsp.org for road updates
GARBAGE SERVICES
Services are cancelled for Wednesday.

OFFICE/SCHOOL CLOSURES
All schools and St. John government offices are closed Wednesday, January 29.

Additional information will be released to residents as it becomes available. Please stay tuned to WWL Radio – 870 AM and local news stations for updates.

Additional information will be released to residents as it becomes available. Please stay tuned to local news stations for updates. Visit sjbparish.com, St. John Parish Government Access Channel (RTC, Comcast Ch 15 and AT&T U-Verse Ch 99), facebook.com/sjbparish, twitter: @SJBPgov. Sign up to receive Parish alerts by visiting the Parish website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking on “Stay Connected.”

Louisiana | Tangipahoa Parish – Multiple updates – Winter storm warning

Due to the current winter storm and the strong probability of wide spread power outages, Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess has announced the opening of three warming shelters in Tangipahoa Parish.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014, residents can shelter in the gym at Kentwood High Magnet School, Amite Westside Middle School, or Hammond Junior High Magnet School.

Citizens should bring with them any bedding, comfort objects for children, toiletries, and medications, as well as any snacks, water, or food they wish to consume.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, officials are asking residents to check on at-risk families or neighbors who could fall victim to severe cold weather.

Shelter Locations:
Kentwood High Magnet School located at 603 9th Street in Kentwood
Amite Westside Middle School located at 401 West Oak Street in Amite
Hammond Junior High Magnet School located at 111 J.W. Davis Drive in Hammond

Warning from Tangipahoa Parish Fire Chiefs Association

The public should be very aware that according to the National Weather Service, there is a high probability of 48 – 60 hours of severely low temperatures resulting in freezing rain, sleet, snow, and icing conditions. In anticipation of this, we urge the public to make preparations to be homebound for a couple of days, taking into consideration water, food, prescription medications, and a strong possibility of power outages. This particular storm has great potential for heavy icing capable of bringing down large limbs and trees and causing power outages.

Preparation for this weather should include provisions for alternative lighting, heating, and cooking. Be very cautious in using electric heaters, kerosene heaters, candles and portable generator driven electricity. Do not leave candles burning overnight and unattended. With the use of space heaters and kerosene heaters, keep at least three (3) feet of space around them for ordinary combustibles. With kerosene heaters, make sure to use according to instructions. With the use of electric heaters, make sure to monitor the thermostat.

In the event of power failures, make sure all appliances are turned to the “off” position. The use of portable generators inside can be deadly. Portable generators should be used only in a well ventilated area away from the house and not under the carport. Make sure your smoke detectors are in working order.

If you have any questions, contact your local fire department.

Winter Storm Watch

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.

Louisiana | Multiple updates from St Charles Parish – Winter storm warning

Sleet and freezing rain is falling in St. Charles Parish with precipitation forecasted to taper off during the overnight hours.

The forecast continues to call for ice accumulations of more than one-tenth of an inch. The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center, parish government, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation and Developmentand State Police continue to monitor the situation closely.

ROAD CLOSURES

  • LA 3127 is now closed at LA 3160 with all traffic being diverted down LA 3160 to LA 18 (River Road). In addition, I-310 southbound traffic is being forced to exit to River Road (LA 18). I-310 is completely closed in both directions from US 90 to the foot of the Hale Boggs Bridge. At this time, the only way to enter onto the bridge is to use the onramps at River Road (Hwy. 48) on both the East and West Banks.These closures are due to overpass icing at the I-310 / LA 3127 interchange.
  • US 61 onramps and offramps to I-310 are now CLOSED.
  • I-310 from I-10 to LA 48 (River Road) is closed in both directions. Hale Boggs Bridge remains open with only entrances being River Road (LA 18 and LA 48).
  • The Des Allemands Bridge (US 90) is closed in both directions with traffic being diverted to LA 631.
  • The Hale Boggs Bridge (I-130) is down to one lane in both directions for safety, but the bridge remains OPEN.
  • The overpass along LA 3142 in St. Charles Parish is closed. This road runs from LA 3127 to LA 18 (River Road) in Taft.

As we have stated in previous updates, the Louisiana State Police indicates that there are NO plans at this time to close the bridge. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has deployed sand and salt on the bridge surface and will make every effort to keep the bridge open as long as possible.

However, there is NO GUARANTEE that the bridge will stay open overnight. Other bridges and overpasses near and around St. Charles Parish have already been shut down due to icing, and there is a strong possibility that on and offramps could be closed. Extra St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Deputies will be on duty throughout this weather event.

The St. Charles Parish Public Information Office will be updating the parish website and social media accounts as soon as possible as new information about road closures and parish conditions becomes available. Residents can follow www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov for the most up-to-date information.

For a list of road closures throughout the state, visit www.lsp.org or www.511la.org.

FORECAST
The forecast remains largely the same. Hard freezes are expected Tuesday and Wednesday nights with ice impacts lasting possibly through Thursday morning. Wind chills overnight are expected to be between 5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

FREEZE PRECAUTIONS
Please take precautions to protect people, pets, sensitive vegetation, and wrap exposed pipes. Please check on sick or elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they have adequate heating, and please bring all pets indoors and protect livestock. (For more detailed information on water system and heating precautions and safety tips, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.)

Residents should also anticipate loss of power and prepare to spend up to three days or more homebound.

The parish is currently under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday as per the U.S. National Weather Service.

REPORTING
Residents are asked to report any downed limbs, power lines or hazardous roadway conditions to the Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050. Residents should stay off roads for the duration of the weather event as roadways will be icy and dangerous.

In addition, the St. Charles Parish Public Works Department is preparing personnel and equipment to monitor and respond appropriately to local roadway hazards and to close roads as necessary. The Departments of Waterworks and Wastewater are also working to maintain services throughout the event.

GARBAGE SERVICE
The residential garbage contractor will be discontinuing service at noon Tuesday and canceling pickup on Wednesday due to weather conditions. Any missed pickups will be made up on Friday.

CLOSURES AND CANCELATIONS

  • Catholic Schools
  • St. Charles Parish courthouse in Hahnville and all offices and activities located within
  • All other local government offices / agencies
  • All parish recreational games and programs
  • Boutte Christian Academy
  • St. Charles Council on Aging Inc.
  • St. Charles Parish Library branches

FROM ST. CHARLES PARISH HOSPITAL
St. Charles Parish Hospital puts the safety of our patients and staff first. As severe weather conditions approach our area, hospital officials will continuously meet to ensure smooth operations and full staffing for the hospital.

Please note that our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are continuing to run throughout the weather and will put up a third truck to assist with calls. These services are reserved for true emergency situations and we ask that the public be mindful of that. In the case of a true emergency please dial 911 for assistance. We have our Emergency Preparedness Plans well into effect and will continue to keep the public up-to-date on any future developments through our Facebook page as well as our website and the Emergency Communications Message Center.

Outpatient services and surgeries are canceled Tuesday and Wednesday.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Any questions or concerns may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. Please call 1-800-ENTERGY for information on power outages, or visit www.entergy.com to view an outage map.

Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements and forecast information. To sign up for emergency texts, e-mails and phone calls from the St. Charles Parish EOC, visit www.scpemergencyalerts.com.

For a list of emergency and winter storm websites, apps and other resources, log on to www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.

WATER SYSTEM FREEZE PRECAUTIONS

All exposed pipes should be insulated and shielded from the wind. Exposed piping underneath a house or within walls should be protected by draining. Houses on slabs do not need protection if the piping is in the slab. The supply line must be protected by wrapping with insulation, newspaper or old clothing. Plyboard, felt roofing, plastic or cardboard can be used for shielding.

To drain piping, close the valve on the water supply line and open all faucets. Draining will only work if pipes slope evenly.

When the water supply is to be shut off, the hot water heater must be turned off. The valve on gas heaters should be set to the “pilot” position. Electric heaters should be turned off at the switch box.

In order to keep the meter from freezing, the meter box cover must be kept in place with the lid closed.

Customers who feel the need to leave water running during freezing weather as a means of preventing frozen or burst piping should expect an increase in your bill as a result of this action. The St. Charles Parish Waterworks Department recommends that water pipes be insulated and shielded from the wind as the primary means of protection and should use flushing as a last resort.

HOME HEATER SAFETY TIPS COURTESY RED CROSS

Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

Never smoke in bed.

Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. About 65 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms can save lives.

SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS COURTESY RED CROSS

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button.

Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.

Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

For more information on home fire safety, download the American Red Cross First Aid App, which provides tips on how to prevent home fires and on severe winter weather safety. This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores. Find all of the Red Cross apps at redcross.org/mobileapps.

Louisiana | Multiple updates from St Bernard Parish – Winter storm warning

Due to the anticipated extreme weather conditions predicted for St. Bernard Parish, President David Peralta at 2:25 PM today declared a state of emergency for all of St. Bernard Parish. This emergency is expected to last through Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. While Government offices will be closed, essential personnel will remain on duty 24 hours per day. Office of Emergency Preparedness is currently operating and will remain open 24 hours per day until further notice.

Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local media for updates as well as frequently checking the parish’s website at www.sbpg.net or the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/StBGov.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the following lane closures, in respective parishes, for salting operations. These bridges will operate with one lane open throughout the event.

Motorists are urged to stay off the roads whenever possible and use extra caution if traveling during hazardous weather conditions.

Orleans Parish

· U.S. 90 (Danziger Bridge)

· La. 39 (Judge Seeber/Claiborne Avenue Bridge)

· Ted Hickey (Seabrook/Leon C. Simon Bridge)

Orleans/Plaquemines Parishes

· La. 23 (Judge Perez/Belle Chasse Bridge)

Orleans/St. Charles Parishes

· I-310 (Luling/Hale Boggs Bridge)

DOTD will advise when these lanes reopen.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org.

Additionally, motorists can utilize the new “Way to Geaux” application to receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts. The hands-free, eyes-free “smart phone” application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.

www.dotd.la.gov

Due to severe winter weather, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the Lower Algiers-to-Chalmette ferry service has been suspended.

Roadways at the Chalmette ferry landing developed ice due to the temperature and precipitation. The vessel made its final trips from Lower Algiers at 1 p.m. and from Chalmette at 1:15 p.m. An announcement will be made when service resumes.

Ferry service at Canal Street/Algiers Point is still operational – for now, but ice is starting to form on the vessel and passenger walks. DOTD Marine Operations will continue to monitor before making any decision to suspend service.

More information about the New Orleans ferries can be found at www.dotd.la.gov/ferry/. Travelers can also follow the ferries on Twitter.com at Canal_Ferry or Chalmette_Ferry. For traffic information, dial 511 or visit www.511la.org. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).

On Wednesday, January 29th, Nunez College will be closed and classes cancelled due to projected, inclement weather.

All are advised to continue to pay attention to local television and radio channels, as well as our website and social media, for further updates.

Parish officials announce that the Violet Canal Bridge will be closed shortly along with the bridges over the industrial canal and the Paris Road Bridge (Green Bridge).

Residents are asked to refrain from being on the highways at this time.

The Port of New Orleans will be closing the St Claude bridge to vehicular traffic at 6 pm this evening. Icing conditions on the roadway are worsening with the falling temperatures.

The bridge will reopen as quickly as possible when conditions improve.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the Judge Seeber (Claiborne Avenue) Bridge on La. 39 has been closed due to icy road conditions. Motorists are urged to stay off the roads whenever possible and use extra caution if traveling during hazardous weather conditions.

The alternate route is the La. 46/St. Claude Bridge. DOTD continues to monitor weather reports, as well as area roadways, and will advise when it is safe to reopen the structure.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org.

Additionally, motorists can utilize the new “Way to Geaux” application to receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts. The hands-free, eyes-free “smart phone” application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.

 

Louisiana | Plaquemines Parish declares State of Emergency – Winter storm warning

As of 6 pm on Monday, January 27, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has declared a state of emergency for Plaquemines Parish.

Parish Government offices are closed on Tuesday, January 28.

All Plaquemines Parish schools are closed on Tuesday, January 28.

“The Parish has instituted its cold weather protocols,” said President Nungesser. “Our number one priority right now is public safety. We are urging residents to take these weather conditions seriously. If you do not have to be on the road, please refrain from traveling.”

Please stay tuned to your local news channels for further information in reference to weather updates and school closures. Updates will be posted on the Parish Web site and social media sites as they become available.

Due to the severe weather affecting the area, the Belle Chasse and Pointe-a-la-Hache ferries are now closed.

The Pointe-a-la-Hache Ferry will not be running Wednesday. A decision on the operation schedule of the Belle Chasse Ferry will be made based on weather conditions on Wednesday morning.

The Woodland Bridge remains open to two-lane traffic in both directions at this time. The Belle Chasse Bridge is restricted to one lane at this time. The Belle Chasse Tunnel also remains open at this time.

Plaquemines Parish Government offices are closed on Wednesday, January 29.

All Plaquemines Parish schools are closed on Wednesday, January 29. No decision has been made for Thursday.

Parish officials are closely monitoring the weather conditions. Updates will be posted to the Parish Web site and social media sites.

Louisiana | Lafourche Parish declares curfew – Winter storm warning

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph and Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre have implemented a parish wide curfew. The curfew went into effect at 6pm tonight until further notice. First responders and essential personnel are exempt.

Please be aware of the following updates:

Bridge Closures:
• Kraemer Bridge on Hwy 307 in Bayou Bouef is closed.
• Cote Blanche Bridge in Cut Off is closed.
• The Hwy 308 High Rise in Larose is closed.

Bridges Sanded:
• St. John’s Bridge, Thibodaux
• Champagne Harrelson Bridge, Lockport
• Company Canal Bridge, Lockport.

Please check the Lafourche Parish website and Facebook pages for road and bridge closures throughout this winter event.