As expected, Tropical Storm Barry was named Thursday as of the 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Maximum sustained winds were at 40 miles per hour as the storm lazily moved westward at 5 miles per hour.
The current track continues to keep a heavy rain and wind threat for Baton Rouge and New Orleans and Barry is expected to reach category 1 strength before landfall
A tropical storm watch now includes the metropolitan New Orleans area.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is reminding drivers to stay safe on the roadways and take extra precautions as our state prepares for this potentially severe weather.
Officials say make sure to follow these safety tips:
• Do not drive unless you must.
• Avoid driving into standing or running water.
• Avoid driving while distracted.
• Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
• Always allow for extra driving time.
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
• Have your headlights on when using windshield wipers
• Never drive through areas with downed power lines or utility poles
For latest updates on traffic and road conditions, use the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511.
EAST BATON ROUGE CITY-PARISH MONITORS INVEST 92L
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and all City-Parish officials are closely monitoring Invest 92L. The National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans is forecasting that the tropical disturbance has a 50% chance of developing over the next two days and an 80% developing over the next five days. The NWS is currently forecasting EBRP to start experiencing rainfall as early as Thursday with most of the rainfall on Friday. Southeast Louisiana can expect about 3”- 8” of rainfall through Monday. The NWS explains there is still no certain area being predicted for landfall but EBRP can expect severe weather from this disturbance.
Mayor Broome urges East Baton Rouge residents to “remain cognizant of the latest forecasts, check in on family members, charge all electronic devices, ensure your contact information is up-to-date, check your medication supply, check your insurance coverage, and tune in to their local weather radio / TV stations for the latest updates.”
City leaders also announced BReady Day 2019, scheduled for Saturday, July 13th, has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather.
CITY-PARISH WORKING WITH PARTNERS ON PREPARATIONS
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is currently coordinating with Local, State, and Federal partners to monitor the disturbance and will share updates as forecasts change.
All City-Parish Departments to include but not limited to;
o Baton Rouge Fire Department
o Baton Rouge Police Department
o Department of Buildings and Grounds
o Department of Business and Capital Programs
o Department of Development
o Department of Environmental Services
o Department of Fleet Management
o Department of Maintenance
o Department of Transportation and Drainage
o Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
o Finance Department
o Human Development and Services Department
o Human Resources
o Information Services Department
o Juvenile Services Department
o The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP)
o Purchasing Department
· American Red Cross
· Capital Area Transit System (CATS)
· North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Taskforce (NBRCITF)
· Region II Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition (HEPC)
· Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)
· The National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans
DPW and BRPD are pre-deploying barricades to known streets and intersections that experience high water during rains, and will deploy those barricades in the event that rain becomes heavy. The City-Parish will lean on the side of safety and temporarily close down streets that have previously experienced high water, in order to prevent drivers from going through those locations.
Areas for barricades include:
· I-110 in Gov. Mansion curves
· Chippewa St train overpass
· Wooddale from GSR to Florida Blvd
· Lobdell from GSR to Florida Blvd
· S. Acadian @ railroad overpass
· Burbank @ W. Parker
· Bluebonnet @ railroad overpass
· Florida Blvd Service Rd from Littlejohn to Flannery
· Oak Villa between Wal-Mart and Florida Blvd.
· S. Sherwood Forest both North and South of I-12
· Plank @ Harding
· Scenic @ Beech
· Scenic Hwy from 72nd and Harding
· North Blvd at 10th St
Please begin preparations to ensure you and your family are prepared and informed with the below preparedness tips:
ü Make a Family Communication Plan
o Include important phone numbers and addresses
ü Restock your emergency supply kit.
o Three day supply of non-perishable food and water for each member in your family and/or household
o Flashlight and extra batteries
o Important documents including insurance
ü Make sure your home is prepared.
o Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs.
o Secure and clear all gutters.
ü Fuel your vehicles, generators, and gas cans. Consider purchasing a portable generator.
ü Use the BuddySystem™ to check on your neighbors, friends and family.
ü Check your insurance coverage.
ü Don’t forget about your pets!
o Include food and veterinarian information.
o Ensure your pet has a leash and ID
SAND AND SANDBAG LOCATIONS
As a precautionary measure, City-Parish officials in coordination with BREC Parks and Recreation, have pre-positioned sand and sandbags at nine (9) strategic locations throughout the Parish.
Sand and bags are available at the following BREC sites:
· BREC Airline Highway – 17200 Airline Highway
· BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds – 16072 Airline Highway
· BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Mayer Road
· BREC Cadillac Street – 6117 Cadillac Street
· BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 S Flannery Road
· BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Lane
· BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Road
· BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss Street
· St. George Fire HQ – 14100 Airline Highway
· 1507 Mississippi Street and 3325 Groom Road in Baker
(Proof of Baker residency required.)
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Department of Maintenance is continuing to check our major outfalls, channels, creeks, road crossings, and problem areas throughout the Parish. They have crews cleaning around our roadside storm drains removing dirt, grass, trash, and debris that may be blocking these drains.
Tips to improve drainage:
· Keep gutters and drains free of debris
· Place lawn clippings in garbage cans, and never blow or sweep them into a catch basin
· Encourage your neighbors to do the same
Garbage and recycling services will be running normal routes. Some delays may occur in the event of strong storms, depending on their severity. Service adjustments or cancellations will be made based upon weather conditions.
311 CALL CENTER
Operating normal hours. Residents are encouraged to call 311 for general information and to report non-life threatening emergencies. Regular hours are 7:30am – 5pm. After-hours dispatchers are on duty from 3pm – 11pm.
For more information contact MOHSEP at (225) 389-2100, follow us @RedStickReady on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and download the Red Stick Ready mobile application – free on Apple and Android devices by searching “Red Stick Ready”.
FROM ASCENSION PARISH--
Ascension Parish is preparing for Tropical Storm Barry.
As of 9:45 a.m., there are now additional locations available to obtain loose sand and bags for Ascension Parish residents.
- Butch Gore Memorial Park @ 14550 Harry Savoy Road, St. Amant, LA 70774
- Stevens Park @ 4323 Cannon Road, Gonzales, LA 70737
- Jackie Robinson Memorial Park @ 35638 Coco Road, Geismar, LA 70734
- Galvez- Lake Fire Department @16288 Joe Sevario Road, Galvez, LA
- St. Amant Park @ 45404 Stringer Bridge Rd, St Amant, LA 70774
- Prairieville Primary School @ 40228 Parker Road, Prairieville, LA 70769
- Prairieville Fire Dept. @ 14517 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, LA 70769
- 5th Ward Fire Dept. @ 3911o Hwy 22 Darrow, LA 70725
- Sorento Fire Dept @8096 Main St. Sorrento, La 70778
Loose Sand and bags are available at each location and on a rotational delivery. Please bring your own shovels!!
Officials with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office released this statement regarding preparations:
While we do not yet know how severe the impacts will be here, there are some things you and your neighbors can do to prepare now before the storm arrives.
- 1) Ensure you have food, water, and medications for each person in your home for 7 days
- 2) Make sure you have a flashlight, extra batteries, and first aid supplies
- 3) Refill your gas tank and stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes in case an evacuation order is given
- 4) Have enough cash on hand to last seven days
- 5) Be ready for possible power, utility, and phone service outages. Keep your mobile phones charged.
- 6) Bring patio furniture and garbage cans inside; they could become dangerous in high winds
- 7) As the storm approaches, be aware of quickly moving water and flooded roads. Do not drive around barricades, or through high water. Remember, turn around, don’t drown!
- 8) If you’re told to evacuate, do so immediately, if you stay, you will put your life and the lives of first responders at risk.
Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
Lets be prepared now and keep an eye out for each other!
-Sheriff Bobby Webre