Update September 5, 2012 2:00pm
Plaquemines Parish Emergency Operations Center Update
September 5, 2012
BELLE CHASSE -- Today, Plaquemines Parish Emergency Operations Center and Parish President Billy Nungesser provide the following updates:
Both AT&T and Verizon have deployed trucks to southern Plaquemines Parish to begin work on towers.
As of today, power has been restored to all customers in Belle Chasse who can receive it. Customers in the area without power should contact Entergy at 1-800-9-OUTAGE (688243).
For the communities of Myrtle Grove to Diamond, customers should start seeing power in 2 weeks if they can receive power.
Customers from Diamond to Boothville-Venice will start seeing power in 7 days to 3 weeks.
On the east bank, from Carlisle to Bohemia, customers should begin experiencing power restoration in 7-10 days.
Customers from Braithwaite to Whiteditch may start to see power in 7-14 days if they can receive power.
These are estimates and are subject to change due to weather.
Road Accessibility and Water Levels
Water levels on Hwy 23 on the west bank are expected to recede to a level at which cars may pass in approximately 2-3 days.
Currently, full size trucks are able to safety travel Myrtle Grove to Lake Hermitage Rd, with 18-22 inches of water covering the roadway.
There are approximately 12 cuts on the back levees of the east and west bank to allow water to flow out. Pumps are working on the east and west bank to pump water out of the areas with flooding.
Only emergency personnel are being allowed on the east bank at this time.
Sewerage and Water Update:
There are currently no boil advisories on the east bank.
There is currently a boil advisory in effect from Port Sulphur to Boothville-Venice.
Sewerage is currently functioning from St. Jude to Boothville and is expected to be functional in Venice by tomorrow.
The Empire Flood Gate opened today, causing limited access to water traffic.
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is set up at the Belle Chasse Auditorium at 8398 Hwy 23 in Belle Chasse. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Residents affected can register for individual assistance or transitional assistance or receive more information at 1-800-621-FEMA or go to www.disasterassistance.gov.