St. Tammany Parish Officials Assess Local Impact of Tropical Storm Barry
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the impacts of Tropical Storm Barry were less severe than forecasters predicted. Tidal flooding in areas that typically see it, a small number of power outages, and downed trees, were the primary concerns. Some areas were impacted by rising river levels, however, the impacts initially forecast did not materialize, thereby reducing the severity of predicted impacts overall.
“I want to thank all of the employees of Parish Government who worked tirelessly to prepare for this storm, and to keep people informed, as well as all of the agencies we partner with to launch our Emergency Operations. I also want to thank our citizens for their cooperation in heeding warnings, and their patience with the uncertainty of this system,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We were fortunate that this storm was less powerful than predicted, because we did have concerns about a repeat scenario similar to the Flood of Record in March of 2016. We are still early in hurricane season, so we urge everyone to stay prepared.”
“I’m relieved that Hurricane Barry’s impact on Slidell wasn’t as severe as was forecast. The City of Slidell was prepared for Barry, thanks to the hard work and dedication of city employees. Thank you Team Slidell!” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “We appreciate all of the first responders and our partners who kept in contact with us throughout this weather event, especially President Brister and St. Tammany Parish Government for allowing the use of automatic sand bag machines. It was a tremendous help not only to our employees, but to our citizens.”
St. Tammany Parish Government opened three shelters in partnership with the Red Cross, the St. Tammany Parish School System, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Public Works crews began early during the week of July 8, 2019 assessing ditches, clearing culverts of debris, and pumping down retention ponds. In addition, Public Works crews distributed over 100,000 sandbags before landfall, and opened five self-serve locations for the remainder of the event. Public Works and Tammany Utilities field personnel operated on a 24-hour basis to implement their storm protocols and monitor conditions at the street level throughout the duration of the storm threat. The Emergency Operations Center was fully activated from 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 until 7 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019.