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Slidell Flooding from Rita

Monday, September 26th, 2005

This morning’s update from the city confirms flooding along Palm Lake, Hwy 11, Hwy 433, Bayou Liberty Road.  I also had heard Chamale.  Here is the mayor’s complete update. 

St. Tammany Parish Evacuation

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Kevin Davis calls for evacuation in St. Tammany of areas south of 190:

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis:
St. Tammany Parish is declaring a State of Emergency because of the threat of Hurricane Rita.
I am calling a mandatory evacuation of all areas south of Highway 190 and Highway 22 beginning at 8:00 AM tomorrow, Friday, September 23rd.
Tropical Storm force winds from Hurricane Rita, along with clogged drainage ways from Hurricane Katrina, pose a serious flood and wind threat to structures that are already damaged.
Shelters will open at 9:00 Friday morning in the following locations: Creekside Elementary, Riverside Elementary, 6th Ward Jr. High and Pearl River High in the Pearl River area.
Bayou Lacombe Middle School and Fountainbleu Jr. High will also open as shelters at 9:00 AM.


Sheriff’s Update on Rita Preparations

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

James Hartman just sent out the following update from the Sheriff:

Sheriff Jack Strain is meeting at this hour with his management staff to ensure preparations for the potential impact of Hurricane Rita are complete.
"We have monitored this storm with great interest for several days now, and continue to track its progress through the Gulf of Mexico," the sheriff said. "As of the most recent weather update, the news is mostly positive: Rita has weakened, albeit only slightly, to a Category 4 storm, and is still on its track towards western Texas. However, we must be prepared for the tropical-storm-force effects of being on the eastern side of the hurricane and, more importantly, we must always be ready for the storm to change paths. Hurricanes are notoriously fickle, and can change course rapidly. Already today, Rita’s track has moved eastward, placing St. Tammany at greater risk for experiencing high winds, up to six inches of rain, and a storm surge of one to three feet.
"At this time, none of the anticipated impact of Rita will rival the effects of her predecessor. Still, our residents and businesses could feel an effect. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains fully prepared, and if there is a positive side to the potential for Rita to affect us it is only that we already have equipment and resources allocated and deployed, and that our personnel are now very experienced in the response and recovery required when tropical weather strikes.
"We continue to hope and pray that Rita’s effects in St. Tammany will be non-existent or minimal, but we also continue to be prepared for whatever challenges face us in coming days.
"I urge our residents to stay tuned to local media for updates and to obey any instructions from local officials that may be forthcoming."
Media contact: James Hartman at this email or 985-809-8207

Extensive Update from the Parish

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Go read the whole thing — from tonight at about 6:30.

Update from the City as of 9/16

Friday, September 16th, 2005

The latest city update:

Our water utility system and sewer system are operational and the water system has been re-chlorinated. The drinking water in the City of Slidell is safe to drink and cook with.
Cleco continues to do a tremendous job. There is electric and sewer service throughout the city except in those subdivisions hardest hit by the storm. If your electrical panel was submerged by water or received damage, a licensed electrician must notify the Building Safety Department that your panel is ready to be energized. This department will then notify Cleco. A licensed electrician must call 645-3651 to file process to restore power and to make all necessary electrical repairs. For more information or assistance on restoring your power, please contact Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.
Clean up is still in progress, thanks to our city work crews and the efforts of over 400 United Stated Marines from around the country. Telephone service is back up and running. Charter Communications is beginning to restore cable television around the parish and will then restore cable internet service.
Anyone in need of transitional housing must call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-621-3362 to get your name on the list. FEMA will detemine housing priority.
Food stamps are being distributed in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium at 2056 Second Street from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 20. Please bring photo ID and proof of residency.
A medical facility has been set up in the vacant lot next to Starbuck’s on Front Street. Doctors and nurses from across the nation are there to help the citizens of Slidell.
Feeding locations are open throughout the city including First Baptist Church on Pontchartrain Drive, Harvest Church in the John Jay Shopping Center, Grace Memorial Church on Pearl Street, and the vacant lot next to Starbuck’s on Front Street. FEMA is handing out ice, water and MREs at the old Wal-Mart on Gause Blvd & I-10.
Northshore High School is now designated as a Red Cross Shelter. It is fully staffed and operational.
The Slidell Office of Animal Control is currently housing over 400 pets displaced by the hurricane at the Public Operations building. If your pet is there, please pick up your pet as soon as you can. They are also giving out free dog and cat food.
St. Tammany Parish schools have a target date of October 3 to reopen schools. Please continue to check their website for daily updates. Pope John Paul High School plans to reopen on Monday, September 19.
I am pleased to report that many retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, banks, and gas stations have reopened in Slidell.
Finally, a few words of caution -
If you are hiring a contractor to make repairs on your home, please verify that the contractor is licensed and insured, get a written contract, do not give any money in advance, and verify that the contractor has a work permit issued by the City of Slidell before any work begins.
Also, be careful if you are throwing out computers damaged by Katrina. Don’t leave computers out on the street where your personal information could be retrieved from the computer’s hard drive. Protect yourself from identity theft. Take out and keep the hard drive before your throw out your computer.

Update on School Damage

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Hope Oberkirch works her Google Fu to find the following FAQ on damaged schools.  Here’s a key tidbit:

 How much damage did my child’s school have?

We have compiled a preliminary list of damage to schools.  Click here to see the list.  Schools sustained varying degrees of damage.  Six of our schools had significant water damage - Abney Elementary School, Brock Elementary School, Cypress Cove Elementary School, Salmen High School, St. Tammany Junior High School, and Slidell Pathways. We are hopeful that restoration at Abney Elementary School, Cypress Cove Elementary School, and St. Tammany Junior High School will be complete by October 3.  Platooning may be necessary for students at Brock Elementary School and Salmen High School.  Further details will be released as soon as possible.

Will students be required to make up days missed from school because of Hurricane Katrina?

If  we are able to reopen schools by October 3, we should be able to make up the missed days during the school year without extending into the summer.  Instead, schools likely would be open during a portion of the time allotted for holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras, and Easter.  State officials possibly may consider waivers for requirements such as the number of attendance days.

Sheriff Update from 9/14

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

James Hartman writes in:

Sheriff Jack Strain continues to caution residents about the threat of fraud in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"While we have taken steps to protect our citizens from contractor fraud, not all predators are on the ground," the sheriff said. "Some thieves continue to find victims over the Internet, and many have tailored their methods to prey on hurricane victims and the Good Samaritans who would offer help.
"Already, emails circulate by the millions offering get-rich-quick or too-good-to-be-true schemes. Most ask for the recipient’s bank account number with the promise of wiring money and/or using the victim’s account to launder international funds. In recent weeks, some shysters have altered these pleas to appeal to Katrina victims, saying they want to wire funds as donations to help survivors and those affected by the worst natural disaster in American history. Some haven’t even bothered updating their ploys, but are using old emails about last December’s tsunami in Asia.
"Too, the FBI has reported more than 4,000 websites have arisen seeking donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. It is unknown how many of these sites are legitimate and how many are fraudulent, but law enforcement and crime prevention experts are cautioning donors away from sites and organizations that are not widely known. While donations for disaster relief are encouraged and welcomed, donors shouldn’t give to organizations they’ve never heard of before. Online donations also typically require entering your credit card or bank account numbers, which is a dangerous proposition when dealing with an unknown entity. As always, citizens shouldn’t reply with financial information to unsolicited emails. Fraudulent emailers have cloned the logos of many legitimate organizations and banks. In general, if you didn’t initiate the contact, don’t continue it and don’t reveal personal or financial information to anyone.
"We are very grateful for donations of materials and personnel that have poured into St. Tammany Parish in the last two weeks, and we appreciate those who support the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations. But we want our citizens to be protected from fraud online, just as they are in person."
Report all criminal or suspicious activity to 985-898-2340.
Media contact: James Hartman at this email or 985-809-8207

0913 Sheriff Update

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

James Hartman sends along the latest from Sheriff Strain:

Sheriff Jack Strain continues to promote public safety and focus on crime prevention as the recovery from Hurricane Katrina continues in St. Tammany Parish.
"As of today, all contractors doing business in St. Tammany Parish will have occupational licenses, work permits and a special permit from my office," the sheriff announced. "We have created an additional layer of protection for our citizens so that anyone attempting to defraud or take advantage of hurricane victims will have traceable information on-file with local law enforcement.
"I have also allocated five deputies whose sole responsibility will be to patrol damaged areas and check for proper permitting and licensure from contractors working in those communities. This is in addition to the scores of deputies on regular patrol who are concentrating efforts in those areas.
"For years, I have boasted that St. Tammany Parish residents work together with law enforcement in refusing to allow crime to gain a foothold in our community. I firmly believe this is the collective character of our parish and that even in times of crisis we will work as one community to keep ourselves and each other safe from both physical harm and non-violent crime.
"I encourage all residents, as always, to report any criminal or suspicious activity to my office by calling 898-2340 or, in an emergency, 911. We are always standing by to assist you and we endeavor to be proactive to protect you. This isn’t just our job; it is our calling, our duty and our privilege."
Media contact: James Hartman at this email address or 985-809-8207.

0912 Sheriff Update

Monday, September 12th, 2005

This just out from James Hartman:

St. Tammany Parish continues a gradual course toward normalcy and Sheriff Jack Strain continues to oversee adjustments in Sheriff’s Office operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
"All employees have returned to work and our deputies are back on regular shift rotations," the sheriff said. "Nonetheless, we recognize that life is far from normal for many of our residents. We are working to streamline our process of issuing occupational licenses so that contractors can get to work quickly. Deputies continue to handle the increase in traffic volume while answering calls for service and heavily patrolling neighborhoods parishwide.
"As I’ve indicated earlier, the opportunity for fraud is vast right now. Contractor fraud has been a growing crime in recent months, and a community in the midst of disaster recovery is ripe for victimization. Clients should ensure their contractors are licensed and insured. Demand proof. Get everything in writing. Note the name, address, phone number and license plate number of anyone with whom you deal. If they won’t provide this information, they’re looking for victims, not customers.
"Although the Parish Government has officially reopened St. Tammany for residents to return, we hope our citizens will minimize traffic and fuel consumption," the sheriff added. "While we remain free to move about as we choose, sight-seeing only delays the process of utility restoration by clogging thoroughfares. Too, deputies, firefighters and medical personnel continue to respond to emergency calls for service. Unnecessary vehicular traffic only increases response time for lifesaving services.
"The burn ban remains in effect, as firefighters have limited water supply and pressure with which to battle fires. A parishwide curfew of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. remains in effect. Our deputies are strictly enforcing these executive orders from the Parish President.
"I remain very proud of the work of my staff and other emergency responders during this time of crisis, and I remain proud of our citizens, as well. We responded with aplomb to a very stressful situation, and our residents responded with a spirit of neighbor-helping-neighbor as never before."
For storm-related questions, residents should contact 985-898-2323, or log on to our website,; the Parish Government’s site,; or the School Board’s site
For emergency services, residents in unincorporated St. Tammany should call 898-2340.
Media contact: James Hartman at this email or 985-809-8207

Parish Update: Don’t Burn Debris

Monday, September 12th, 2005

From the Katrina blog:

8:13 A.M. - Suzanne Parsons, St. Tammany Parish: About 60% of our customers have power. Water is coming up, but we are asking residents to continue boiling their water.

Parsons: We have over 2,000 people in shelters at this point. The ARC is serving nearly 40,000 hot meals a day.

Parsons: It is extremely important that people not burn their debris. Water pressure is not at full capacity just yet, and there is the potential for fires that the fire department would not be able to handle.


0910 Message from Ben Morris

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Mayor Ben Morris published a message to Slidell yesterday:

Hurricane Katrina Update 9-10-05

To the Citizens of Slidell,

The Weather Service reports that Slidell had sustained winds of 176 mph and gusts of 190+ mph during Hurricane Katrina.  In addition, Slidell was hit by a 23’-26’ storm surge that devastated much of the city.  This has been very difficult for everyone, but I want to report that we are making great progress thanks to the many city workers, police officers and firefighters, citizens and volunteers who have worked so hard over these last two weeks.  Here is the latest:
Our water service is now operational and the drinking water in the City of Slidell is safe to drink and cook with.  You do not need to boil your water first.
Our sewer system is also operational.
Telephone service is back up and running; however, Charter Communications has still not recovered.
Clean up is still in progress, thanks to our city work crews and the efforts of over 400 United Stated Marines from around the country.
Security remains tight throughout the City of Slidell.  Curfew is still in affect from 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. and is being strictly enforced.  The Slidell Police Department is receiving assistance from police officers from across the nation, as well as the Louisiana National Guard and the Alabama National Guard.
Cleco continues to do a tremendous job.  There are working lights now on major thoroughfares throughout the city and in some subdivisions.  Considering the catastrophic damage to the system, it is absolutely amazing that we have come as far as we have.
Northshore High School is now designated as a Red Cross Shelter.  It is fully staffed and operational.
All of the city government buildings were severely damaged from Katrina.  Because of the required repairs on these facilities, your city government will continue to serve you from trailers located in the large parking lot just north of Heritage Park.
We have queried our 325 city workers and police officers and have determined that almost half of our employees have had catastrophic damage to their homes and are basically homeless.  These same employees continue to work hard every day to help restore the City of Slidell.  I am so proud of their efforts.
We are fairly confident that there were no storm-related deaths or serious injuries in the City of Slidell.  Between 300 and 400 people were rescued by boat during the storm by the Slidell Police Department, city workers, and volunteers.  Those rescued were brought to shelters around the city.  Those people who still remain in shelters are now in the Red Cross shelter at Northshore High School.
Feeding locations are open throughout the city including First Baptist Church on Pontchartrain Drive, Harvest Church in the John Jay Shopping Center, Grace Memorial Church on Pearl Street, and the vacant lot next to Starbuck’s on Front Street.  FEMA is handing out ice, water and MREs at the old Wal-Mart on Gause Blvd & I-10.
The West Slidell Post Office is open.  They are also handling mail from the very-damaged Olde Towne location.  The Post Office will begin limited mail delivery today.  If delivery is not yet possible in your neighborhood, you may pick up your mail from the West Slidell Post Office.  In addition, Social Security checks can be picked up at the West Slidell Post Office.
St. Tammany Parish schools have a target date of October 3 to reopen schools.  Please continue to check their website for daily updates.
Many stores have reopened including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sam’s and some grocery stores.  Restaurants are also beginning to reopen.
Banks have reopened, including Hibernia, Whitney, Parish and CPB.
There have been many cities and communities from across the United States that are offering and providing assistance to our rehabilitation efforts.  There are too many to list here, but I will properly thank each and every one in time.
Thank you to the citizens of Slidell for your assistance and patience as we all continue to strive to regain the quality of life that we had in this community prior to the arrival of Katrina.
Thank you and stay safe,
Mayor Ben Morris

9/8 Sheriff Update: Okay to Enter Parish

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Here’s the latest from James Hartman, including the okay from Kevin Davis to enter the Parish to assess damage.  Sheriff Strain urges caution:

St. Tammany’s Parish President has authorized residents to re-enter the parish starting tomorrow to begin assessing and repairing damage, and Sheriff Jack Strain is urging residents to use caution.
"As residents who have heeded our requests to stay away begin the process of re-entry, I ask them to remain calm and patient," the sheriff said. "Many thousands of people will return to St. Tammany in coming hours and days, and traffic is likely to be heavy. Too, gasoline remains available only in certain areas, so returning evacuees should ensure they have an adequate fuel supply to reach home and re-exit the parish to the west or north if they cannot stay at home.
"Much of our area, particularly in and around Slidell, remains devastated and dangerous. Although fallen trees have been cleared from most roadways, debris still lines many of our thoroughfares and residential streets. Power remains out in most of the parish. Caution must be our byword, as public safety is our goal.
"In addition to thousands of military troops in the parish, personnel from across the country have responded. Citizens should respect law enforcement of all stripes, regardless of their insignia or the shape of their badges. Remember, they are helping YOU. Our deputies, of course, are out in full force, patrolling the roadways and highways for your safety. I’m very proud of our employees, as they have worked around the clock since Katrina struck. Many lost everything they own, but have continued to work for the betterment of St. Tammany Parish and in the interests of our citizens.
"As I cautioned yesterday, many criminals will prey upon our residents in this time of disaster recovery. Residents should use only licensed contractors and should gather as much information as possible about anyone with whom they deal. Do not commit to a job or give money to someone who cannot prove his or her status as a licensed and insured business. Even then, gather names, addresses, phone numbers and any personal information you can acquire — not to exclude license plate numbers of their vehicles. If a contractor is uncooperative, he or she is probably seeking a victim, not a customer.
"The next few months will be a stressful time, as public safety agencies continue the process of search and recovery and residents begin to rebuild and recover from their losses. We need everyone to keep a cool head and a warm heart. Help each other and be patient with each other, please."
Media contact: James Hartman at this email address or 985-898-2323.

Sheriff Update: 9/7 @ 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Latest from James Hartman:

Sheriff Jack Strain was joined by Fire District 1 (Slidell-area) Chief Larry Hess and retired New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan at a press briefing today at the Sheriff’s Office Slidell Command Center near Oak Harbor.
Strain praised the work of his deputies and Hess commended his firefighters, and both said progress in searching the area for both survivors and victims is proceeding much faster than planned.
"These deputies and firefighters have taken the work of weeks and accomplished it in days," the sheriff said, before introducing team leaders Lt. Terry Piwetz, Det. Sgt. Brad Rummel and Deputy Dan Chauvin.
"What we’ve established here is a small city," Rummel said in explaining the operations of the Command Center, which occupies a half-mile stretch of I-10 westbound at the Oak Harbor Exit. "We have people arriving in shifts at all hours," Rummel added.
Strain and Hess said work crews have searched thousands of residences in the Slidell area, with thousands more to go. Searchers rescued a 42-year-old man Tuesday in the rubble of what had been his home; he had survived there since Katrina made landfall nine days ago. Crews are making entry into every residence where there is reasonable belief that a survivor or victim might lie.
Hannan, who arrived by helicopter, had just returned from visiting St. Bernard Parish, which he said is devastated.
"Basically the only way out of St. Bernard Parish has been by boat, and they asked me to thank you for providing a safe haven," the Archbishop said.
Strain said deputies have rescued an estimated 250 evacuees from St. Bernard who sailed toward Slidell and safety.
All three men commended the work of St. Tammany authorities and citizens, and Hess said the community remains intact.
"There has been a lot of talk about damage to this community," Hess said. "You can’t damage a community. A community is the spirit of the people. There isn’t a lot of destruction here. There is a lot of construction here," Hess said.
"There is a future in Slidell," Hannan said. "There is a future in St. Tammany."
Strain continues to oversee search and rescue efforts in eastern St. Tammany, coordinating with firefighters, the military and other local authorities. The remainder of the search will require at least another week, both Strain and Hess said, adding that they will defer to the Parish President about a designated date of safe re-entry.

Sheriff Department Update: 9/7 @ 11:30

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Sheriff Strain was on WWL late last night with Garland Robinette, kicking much ass.  When the hurly-burly’s done, thank the man for all he’s done.  In the meantime, here’s the latest update from James Hartman:

As Sheriff Jack Strain continues to oversee recovery efforts in St. Tammany Parish, he is cautioning victims about criminals who will take advantage of this crisis.
"Contractor fraud has been a growing crime in recent months, and a recovering disaster area is ripe for victimization," the sheriff said. "While most residents have abided by our request to stay away from the parish for now, some have returned and will soon begin effecting repairs to their homes.
"Some opportunists will pose as legitimate contractors and offer services for payment up-front," the sheriff said. "Some may never return to complete or even begin their work. To avoid being a victim of contractor fraud, make sure anyone you hire is licensed and insured. Ask for proof. Write down all information, including the contractor or salesman’s full name, address, phone number and any other identifying information. You may even take a snapshot of the individual with whom you deal.
"Right now, of course, our focus remains on rescue and recovery. Only yesterday, our deputies found a man in the rubble of his home where he has been since Katrina struck. While we celebrate such successes, we also recognize that they are increasingly rare as time goes on. Still, we continue to search house by house with hope and determination."
While the sheriff’s focus remains on rescue and recovery, he is thinking ahead to prevent crime in coming weeks.
"Right now, obviously, we will concentrate our energies on lifesaving efforts and security, but we cannot neglect the fraud that is likely to ensue. Recovering from Katrina will be a lengthy and costly process for our residents, businesses and government agencies. Preventing fraud is but one more way to keep the process flowing smoothly and to allow us to keep focused on our immediate and most pressing needs."
The sheriff also stressed today that the parish remains secure, with several thousand National Guard and active-duty troops deployed in St. Tammany to assist in law enforcement and security.
"We are grateful for the manpower that has finally arrived, and we are utilizing their skills judiciously," the sheriff said. "In addition to federal forces, volunteers from law enforcement agencies throughout the country have arrived to assist. Residents are urged to give full cooperation to ALL law enforcement personnel, regardless of their insignia or the shape of their badges.
"Thankfully, we’ve had very few criminal acts such as looting, and perpetrators are being dealt with harshly. This ongoing respect for the law is a testament to the strength of our community and the recognition of our citizens that we must all work together.
"I will continue to work tirelessly with the dedicated women and men of our agency to maintain order, keep the peace, and facilitate however possible the complete recovery of our great parish."
Residents are encouraged to visit, which is undergoing periodic updates.
Twenty-four hour bans on burning and alcohol remain in effect, as does the curfew of 9 p.m. 7 a.m.
For more information, media should contact James Hartman at this email address, or call 985-898-2323.

Plans to Open Twin Spans in 30-45 Days

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

This from

I-10 twin bridges work to begin soon
Sept. 6, 3:20 p.m.

Repairs to the Interstate 10 twin bridges over Lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and Slidell could begin as early as next week, state officials said Tuesday. The bridge was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Gordon Nelson, assistant secretary of operations for the state Department of Transportation and Development, said the state plans to open bids Friday and have the eastbound lanes open for two-way traffic within 30-45 days.
"We will work 24/7 to get this in service as soon as possible," Nelson said. He could not say how much the project would cost, but guessed that it would be about $4 million.
While the short-term project will create a route between Slidell and New Orleans, the department’s long-term plan is to rebuild the spans at a higher elevation and make it three lanes in each direction, Nelson said.
To help speed the movement of equipment and material, Gov. Kathleen Blanco has signed an executive order relaxing the weight limits on trucks, Nelson said.

Updated Slidell Recovery Info

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Latest from Times-Picayune:

Although must of the parish remained without electricity Tuesday, more
stores and gasoline stations continued to open with the help of
trucked-in backup generators.
Supplies and hours of operation are limited at most locations.
Meanwhile, several aid stations have been set up to help residents recover from the storm.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cavenham Park – La. 41, Pearl River
Old Wal-Mart store - I-10 and Gause Blvd., Slidell
Target store in Stirling center - I-12 and La. 21, near Covington

Harvest Church - John Jay Center (former Tammany Mall),
Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell
Grace Memorial Baptist Church - Pearl Street, Slidell
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Mandeville
Tammany Oaks Church of Christ – La. 59, near Mandeville

The American Red Cross is serving meals twice a day- from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
and 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - at all shelter locations, all but one of which is a
school. Food is limited and those not staying in the shelter may not be
able to get a meal at those shelters that are full. The shelters are at the following locations:
Abita Springs Middle - Abita Springs
Bayou Lacombe Middle - Lacombe
Bonne Ecole Elementary - Slidell (FULL)
Clearwood Junior High - Slidell
Creekside Junior High - Pearl River (FULL)
Pineview Middle - Covington
Fifth Ward Junior High – Bush
John Slidell Park – Slidell (FULL)
Northshore High - Slidell
Pearl River High – Pearl River (FULL)
Riverside Elementary - Pearl River
Sixth Ward Elementary - Pearl River
Whispering Forest Elementary - Slidell
William Pitcher Junior High – Covington (FULL)

Covington – Boston Street across from the old parish courthouse.
Slidell – Slidell Memorial’s Founders Medical Building, Robert Blvd.

Power restored to all four general hospitals – Lakeview Regional
Medical Center near Mandeville; NorthShore Regional Medical Center and
Slidell Memorial Hospital, both on Gause Blvd., Slidell; and St. Tammany
Parish Hospital, S. Tyler St., Covington – and to Louisiana Heart
Hospital on La. 433 north of Lacombe.

Those calling from out of the parish must use 985 area code.
Parish – 985-898-2323
Slidell – 646-4261 or 646-4381

730 AM on the dial. Live and taped information and updates from
parish officials and others on the situation in the parish. Broadcasting
from parish Emergency Operations Center in Covington, with signal
strength east to Slidell and west to Hammond. Work is under way to expand signal range.

Temporary address changes

Until regular mail delivery is resumed, those without internet
availability, call 1-800-275-877 to fill out an electronic change
of address form. Those whose internet service is functioning may go to Otherwise, go to the nearest post office.
Social Security recipients in the Madisonville (70447 ZIP),
Mandeville (70471) and Slidell (70458), with proper identification, may pick up
their checks at the post office in Hammond, 105 N. Railroad Ave.
Beginning Thursday, the USPS will be returning SSA checks to their original
distribution points unless a temporary change of address form is on

Sources: Staff research, parish government Web site at

School Board Site for Damage Report

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Mary Anne Benvenutti updates us with this link to the school board’s damage report:

Here’s the link to the school board website.


Sheriff’s Update: 9/4, 7:30 PM

Monday, September 5th, 2005

We’re now on the distribution list for info from the Sheriff’s Department, and we’ll post all updates as we get them.  This came in last night when we were on the road:

As St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain continues to oversee rescue and recovery operations, he is cautioning residents that law and order remain the priority for his deputies.
"In this time of great crisis, it is vital to our community’s recovery that we maintain order and respect for the law," the sheriff said. "The less time we must spend chasing criminals, the more resources we can devote to restoring the situation to a livable status.
"To that end, our deputies are vigorously enforcing the curfew. From 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., anyone moving in the parish will be stopped by deputies. Anyone caught selling alcohol or violating the burn ban will be treated in accordance with the law and with the temporary edicts from the Parish Government under Emergency Powers law.
"Since before Katrina’s landfall, we have been making space in our parish jail. Most inmates who were in residence have been shipped to other facilities, leaving plenty of space for local lawbreakers. There have been isolated incidents of looting, and those perpetrators are in the Parish Jail now in lieu of a $100,000 bond or have been shipped to other facilities. We will not tolerate criminals who take advantage of this calamity for personal gain.
"While there are only four confirmed deaths at this time, it is a tragic truth that more bodies will be recovered. Public health issues, wildlife predators and other perils lie ahead. We need the full cooperation of our citizens to quickly and efficiently restore our great community.
"We are enforcing all of the Parish President’s executive orders, and when he authorizes full re-entry into the parish we will cooperate with that, as well. In the meantime, we will maintain the peace and protect the lives and property at a level our citizens deserve and expect."
Media contact: James Hartman, at this email address or 985-898-2323.

Kevin Davis Update from this Morning

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Again, via Katrina Blog:

8:21 A.M. - St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis to residents: Please continue to stay away and give us a few more days. We’re getting power on one at a time and we can move faster if the crews have total access.
8:15 A.M. - Davis: 5,500 still in St. Tammany Parish shelters.
8:10 A.M. - Davis: We have taken over AM 730 to broadcast news locally and we’ve taken over two pharmacies to provide medicines. We have two gas stations open in Covington but the lines are very long.

Number for St. Tammany Info

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Folks:  apologies for the light posting.  Made my way to Mobile, then to Slidell.  Will post complete photos/report as I can this morning.  In the interim, several links.  Starting with this number via Katrina blog at wwl:

8:30 A.M. - St. Tammany Parish information: 1-985-898-2323