ST. MARTIN PARISH OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

NEWS

February 6, 2012 - ST. MARTIN PARISH BEING RECOGNIZED AS A “STORMREADY” PARISH

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. during the St. Martin Parish Council Meeting, the National Weather Service will be recognizing St. Martin Parish as a “StormReady” Parish. There are currently only 16 StormReady Sites in Louisiana and St. Martin Parish is the latest to be added to the list of Parishes and Communities throughout the State who have taken pro-active steps to prepare for Severe Weather that may affect their Communities.   In order to be recognized as a StormReady Parish, there were several criteria that had to be met such as the following: 
 

  • Incorporate St. Martin Parish’s severe weather threats into their hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness response plans
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

Representatives from the National Weather Service will present information on the StormReady Program at the Council Meeting on Tuesday evening.  Parish President, Guy Cormier, will be presented with the status of St. Martin Parish being declared a
“StormReady” Parish by the National Weather Service.  This event will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 301 Port Street, St. Martinville, in the St. Martin Parish Government Building.

Although StormReady does not mean Storm Proof, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education and awareness.  Communities have fewer fatalities and property damage if they plan before dangerous weather arrives.
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May 9, 2011 - SAND BAGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR BUTTE LAROSE RESIDENTS-INFORMATION LINE SET UP

Sand bags will be available to the residents of the Butte Larose Community beginning today from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. until further notice at the following location:  Butte Larose Boat Ramp (located at the intersection of Herman Dupuis Road and the Atchafalaya River Hwy.) Residents will be responsible for bagging their own sand bags.   

Information lines are now available to field any questions concerning the potential rising water.  The hours of operation for the information lines will be from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and the numbers are as follows:  (337) 394-2810 or (337) 394-2811
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May 6, 2011 -  DUE TO THE ANTICIPATED HIGH WATER LEVELS EXPECTED-CITIZENS OF THE BUTTE LAROSE COMMUNITY ARE URGED TO SELF-EVACUATE

Due to the impending high water levels expected from the rising water of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, residents of the Butte Larose Community are being urged to self-evacuate.  All valuable possession should be moved to higher ground prior to evacuation and all water, gas, and electricity should be shut off at the main source. Residents are urged to make provisions for animals and pets.  If residents do decide to evacuate, they are encouraged to leave early and to take all insurance policies and photographs of all property left behind.

Photos should also be take of their property both inside and out prior to departure.  

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May 6, 2011 -
UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLE TRAFFIC WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED ON LEVEES

Officials with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office want the general public to know that any unauthorized vehicle traffic on top of the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee System within St. Martin Parish will be strictly enforced by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Violators will be charged as per La. R.S. 38:213 and can also face charges of Trespassing. 

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May 5, 2011 - SANDBAG LOCATIONS AND TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR STEPHENSVILLE - BELLE RIVER RESIDENTS

Beginning Friday, May 6, 2011, sandbags will be available for Stephensville-Belle River residents from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Friday, and 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Saturday.  And again on Monday, May 9th, from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. continuing each day until further notice.  

The procedure will be as follows regarding sandbag distribution:  Empty sandbags will be distributed at the Stephensville Recreation Park on Hwy. 70 and then residents will  proceed to any of the six following sand distribution locations to fill their own sandbags:

Gravel Turnaround Across from Doiron's Landing on Hwy. 70

Stepehensville Rd. across from the Stephensville Fire Station

East Stephensville Road at the Bus turn around near the Mosquito Bar

End of Four Mile Bayou Road

Water Tower on Tower Tank Road

Hwy. 70 Across from the Belle River Fire Station
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May 5, 2011 - PUBLIC AWARENESS MEETING SET FOR TUESDAY REGARDING POTENTIAL FLOODING ISSUES FOR BUTTE LAROSE 

A public awareness meeting regarding the potential flooding issues for Butte LaRose will be held on Tuesday, May 10th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Butte LaRose Fire Department located at 1721 Herman Dupuis Rd.  St. Martin Parish Government Officials will be present to discuss preventative measures concerning the possibility of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers rising waters.  As a precautionary measure, Parish President Guy Cormier has declared a State of Emergency for St. Martin Parish due to the rising water. 

Residents are encouraged to visit the following website for up to date information regarding the potential flooding issues:  www.stmartinohsep.org.

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May 4, 2011 - PUBLIC AWARENESS MEETING SET FOR TUESDAY REGARDING POTENTIAL FLOODING ISSUES FOR STEPHENSVILLE - BELLE RIVER 

A public awareness meeting regarding the potential flooding issues for Stephensville and Belle River will be held on Monday, May 9th, at 6:30 p.m. at Stephensville Elementary School.  St. Martin Parish Government Officials will be present to discuss preventative measures concerning the potential of rising waters of the Mississippi River and the Atchafalaya River.  Information will be available for the Stephensville-Belle River residents regarding sand bag locations and availability.  As a precautionary measure, Parish President Guy Cormier has declared a State of Emergency for St. Martin Parish due to the rising water. 

Residents are encouraged to visit the following website for up to date information regarding the potential flooding issues:  www.stmartinohsep.org.

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October 2, 2010 - STATEWIDE OUTDOOR BURN BAN DECLARED

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., and State Fire Marshal Butch Browning have declared a statewide burn ban. The order was issued Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. and will remain in effect until rescinded.  The burn ban was put in place after Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry firefighting crews responded to more than 60 wildland fires on Friday and Saturday. An estimated 1,850 acres of forestland has already been burned over the two-day period.
(Click here for a copy of press release)
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June 6, 2010 - SANDBAGS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF ST. MARTIN PARISH

Due to the excessive amounts of rainfall received in the area, sandbags are being made available to residents of St. Martin Parish between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the following locations.   

Sandbags available at Three (3) Parish Maintenance Barns:

1.       North Barn at Grand Point Hwy & North Barn Rd, Breaux Bridge, LA;

2.       Ruth Barn at 1035 Ruth Bridge Hwy, Breaux Bridge, LA;

3.       South Barn on Cappritto-Forty Arpent Rd, St Martinville, LA.

Please note that residents will have to fill their own sandbags. There are no reported road closures at this time, however, there have been some reports of  water on some of the roadways. High Water signs have been placed on some of the roadways as a precaution.  We are asking residents to observe these signs and to be cautious of the possibility of water on some of the roads due to the excessive rainfall that we are currently experiencing.

We will release further information if warranted throughout the day should conditions change or road closures be announced.   (Click here for copy of press release)
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May 24, 2010 -
Governor Jindal Proclaims 2010 National Hurricane Preparedness Week