Contact: Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller (985) 748-3211
AMITE---In anticipation of a potentially severe weather event scheduled to reach our area late Thursday, Tangipahoa Parish Government is taking proactive measures to minimize storm-related damage, and Parish President Robby Miller is asking the public to help #TeamTangipahoa safely get through this storm.
Miller says parish crews have been cleaning ditches and catch-basins in flood-prone areas to minimize what are expected to be flooding rains over the next 48 hours. Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 personnel have also been working all week to prepare the parish's major laterals for potential flooding. Parish and Drainage District #1 personnel are also on 24 hour standby to respond as needed.
"Starting as early as this evening, the National Weather Service is predicting storms with the possibility of producing widespread flooding, the potential for power outages, damaging straight-line winds, and the possibility of isolated tornado activity in our area," Miller announced. "Knowing this threat, our parish workers are executing our storm response plan, and we are taking advance steps to be prepared."
Miller asks that the public join parish offices to "Get a Game Plan" and take precautions in advance of the storm's arrival.
"We are asking the public to check their own culverts and remove leaves, tree limbs, and any other debris that may hinder water from flowing through ditches," Miller said, encouraging particular attention in low-lying and known flood-prone areas.
Officials are also asking residents to secure loose items in their yards and driveways, such as patio furniture, lawn tools, and trash cans. Miller said these items could become projectiles in heavy wind events. Miller also suggested that residents flip over trampolines to lay them flat before the storm arrives.
Parish officials are in close contact with Mississippi Emergency Management, coordinating efforts with our neighbors to the north. Miller said he has also confirmed the upgrades to the levee at Lake Tangipahoa in Pike County are completed. It should not pose a threat to our area.
Parish offices are open and operating on regular schedule at this time, Miller said. The parish landfill will remain open for normal hours. "All parish personnel are on standby," Miller said.
The parish will post updates through their Facebook page throughout the storm. Miller advised the public to stay tuned to local media for storm warnings and updates.
Sandbags are available today until 6 p.m. and again Friday starting at 6 a.m. at the TPG Road offices on Pleasant Ridge Road in Hammond and at the parish maintenance shop in Roseland and until 3pm at the Drainage District#1 shop on Hwy 51 south of Tickfaw. Sandbags will be distributed with a limit of 15 bags per resident, 25 per business.
Tangipahoa Parish President