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Current Storm Data

Schools in Iberia Parish, and with the exception of few isolated power issues for schools in other parishes, will be open Friday.

From the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's office 8/30/12 7am: Water levels are still low at Burns Point and Cypremort Point. All roads are open at this time.  However, south winds are expected to continue to blow strong for the next couple of days.  Vermillion Bay is expected to rise with these winds. Residents in low lying areas are urged to keep  an eye on water levels. Residents should not let their guard down! Pictured :Cypremort Pt. Canal
 

Cargill Deicing reports they will not be able to welcome back employees until power is restored. They are requesting that employees continue to check the emergency hotline to find out when they will be able to return to work. 

State government offices to remain closed statewide Thursday

BATON ROUGE - Due to continuing dangerous conditions caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater announced that Louisiana state government offices will remain closed Thursday, August 30. State officials continue to monitor the weather, road conditions, power outages, and flooding, and this announcement may be updated. All agency heads are responsible for determining those essential personnel who should remain on duty or those who should report to alternative work sites if necessary. This message will be emailed to state employees. In addition, state government employees should be aware of the following phone numbers to call, which will be updated with information regarding office closures and re-openings: 1-800-360-9660 or 225-342-0498. For all the latest information on Tropical Storm Isaac, residents are encouraged to visit emergency.louisiana.gov.  ###

 

DOTD announces priority routes for south Louisiana during Hurricane Isaac
Baton Rouge, La. - As forecasted weather conditions may result in state road and bridge closures throughout south Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has developed a list of priority routes which they will strive to maintain. The list can be viewed here: http://www.dotd.la.gov/pressreleases/release.aspx?key=2048.

Cleco Hurricane Isaac 6 a.m. Update August 30, 2012

PINEVILLE, La., August 30, 2012 – Cleco outages increased through the night as Tropical Storm Isaac churned through the state.

In some areas of Cleco’s service territory, damage assessments will begin at daybreak while other areas are still waiting for the storm to pass.

As a precaution, residents should watch for downed power lines. To report a downed line, call Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 or 911.

www.cleco.com
Current Power Outage Data
Iberia Parish – 4926
St. Mary Parish – 4527

St. Martin 166

 STATE TOTAL – 95,100

 

LA 3147 in Vermilion Parish south of Humble Canal Pontoon Bridge will be closed until further notice. The Humble Canal Pontoon Bridge will be swung open in preparation for Hurricane Isaac

Please be advised that there will be a Special Meeting of the Iberia Parish Council on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Six O’Clock (6:00) P.M. in the Council Chambers located on the Fourth Floor of the Main Courthouse Building.  The purpose of this meeting is as follows:

  •  a)                To ratify the Parish President's Declaration of a State of Emergency for Iberia Parish; and

  • (b)               To appropriate funding related to expenditures associated with Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac.

Football Changes

  • Catholic High will host Teurlings Sunday night at 7pm rather than Friday night

  • Loreauville High School's football game at Central Catholic of Morgan City scheduled for Friday has been moved to Saturday at 6pm.

  • NISH has moved their game Friday against St. Martinville to 7pm at Clark Field in Lafayette.

  • Westgate has moved their game vs. Breaux Bridge scheduled for Thursday to Saturday at Clark field at 2pm.

  • Jeanerette at Kaplan will be played on Saturday at 12:00 pm instead of Thursday.

  • Erath vs. Delcambre - 7:00PM Friday at Cougar Stadium (STM Campus)
     

All of the Boys & Girls Clubs will be closed due to hurricane Isaac this Tuesday, August 28th & Wednesday, August 29th. We anticipate the Clubs re-opening on Thursday, August 30th


School Closures for Thursday as of 9:00 am on August 29th:

Iberia, St. Mary, Vermilion, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin Parish have announced they will be closed Thursday

 Thursday both Catholic High School and St. Edward School will be closed.
Highland Baptist School has confirmed they will be closed Thursday

New Iberia, LA - 8/27/12 - Epiphany Day School - New Iberia honors and follows any decision made by the Iberia Parish School Board regarding school closures due to weather emergencies.   

 

South Louisiana Community College will cancel classes at all of its campuses. Campuses will resume regular business and class schedules Friday morning. SLCC campuses are located in Lafayette, Crowley, Ville Platte, Abbeville, New Iberia, St. Martinville, Franklin, and Opelousas. Updated information can be found at SLCC's hotline at 337 521-8926, on SLCC's website at southlouisiana.edu, on its official Facebook page at Facebook.com/southlacc

UL Lafayette Cancels Classes for Thursday

UL Lafayette classes have been canceled for Thursday, Aug. 30, as a precaution for tropical storm weather conditions. Students and faculty are expected to report to classes for Friday, Aug. 31. University deans, administrators and staff are expected to report to work at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. Any employee unable to return to work should contact their immediate supervisor. The Ragin’ Roar event scheduled Thursday has been postponed. A new date will be announced. Events starting Friday are still on schedule as planned, unless otherwise specified.

SMILE Head Start/Early Head Start Centers in Lafayette, St. Martin (excluding lower St. Martin Parish) and Iberia Parishes will coincide w/closures of the public school systems in their respective parishes.

Due to the severe weather forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac, with the exception of essential personnel, all Iberia Parish Government and City of New Iberia offices, including City Court, will be closed again Thursday, August 30th. For emergencies in New Iberia please call (337) 369-2347.

 

September SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early to Assist Those Impacted by Isaac Benefits to be issued beginning Saturday

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Department of Children and Family Services announced that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) September benefits will be issued on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards early, beginning this Saturday, September 1, to assist those impacted by Hurricane Isaac. All SNAP recipients eligible for September benefits will receive their benefits by Tuesday, September 4. "We want to ensure that those eligible for SNAP benefits in September receive those resources as soon as possible in the event they ran out of resources evacuating or need to replace food damaged in the storm," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. SNAP benefits will be loaded based on when recipients normally receive their monthly allotment, which are usually loaded on Louisiana Purchase EBT cards between the first and the fourteenth of each month. If recipients normally receive benefits between the 1st and the 10th of the month, early benefits will be issued on September 1. If recipients normally receive benefits on the 11th of the month, benefits will be issued on September 2. If recipients normally receive benefits on the 12th of the month, benefits will be issued on September 3. If recipients normally receive benefits on the 13th or 14th of the month, benefits will be issued on September 4. This timeline maintains compliance with federal requirements. It is important to note that these are not added benefits and that October benefits will return to normal issuance schedules. DCFS has informed and worked with the Louisiana Retailers Association, Associated Grocers, Wal-Mart and other stores to make them aware of the early issuance so they can adjust their orders as needed to help ensure stores have an adequate stock. Recipients can check the balance of their EBT cards by calling DCFS' EBT Customer Service Center at 1-888-997-1117 or visit www.ebt.acs-inc.com.

 Please be advised that the Sixteenth Judicial District Court and District Attorney's offices, Parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary, will be closed on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 and Wednesday, August 29, 2012.  The court will reopen for business on Thursday, August 30, 2012.  Should additional and updated information become available, it will be posted on the court’s website at www.16jdc.org

The Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion Parish Courthouses will be closed on Wednesday. Business will resume as usual on Thursday. If conditions warrant extended closures, further instructions will be posted here and on the Court's website.

In preparation for Hurricane Isaac, the Diocese of Lafayette has announced that its central offices (Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette) will close at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, August 28. The central offices will remain closed through Wednesday, August 29. Additional information from the Lafayette Diocese will be released as it becomes available. Releases will also be posted on the diocesan website at www.diolaf.org.

LDWF Postpones the Opening of the East Zone Alligator Harvest Season Due to TS Isaac

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the EAST ZONE 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season due to the impending landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Aug. 29 opening in the East Zone has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1.

At this time, the West Zone alligator season is still scheduled to open on Sept. 5., pending assessment of storm impacts and the progression of alligator harvest in the East Zone. For a zone map and complete list of parishes within the east and west zones go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting .

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

For more information on alligator season, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov.

 

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DOTD reminds citizens to get latest road condition updates through the 511 Traveler Information System

BATON ROUGE, La. - With Tropical Storm Isaac tracking toward Louisiana, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reminds citizens they can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System.

"DOTD will work closely with local and state police to close roads, as needed," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, P.E. "Motorists are strongly encouraged to access the 511 Traveler Information System to receive up-to-the-minute information on road closures. Knowing road conditions before leaving home can help motorists make critical decisions about their route."

The voice-activated 511 Traveler Information Service is available to most wireless and landline telephone users. The service allows callers to access up-to-date information about weather-related road conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents simply by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org.

During severe weather conditions, motorists should drive slowly and carefully, avoid driving while distracted, and avoid driving through standing water. Always allow for extra driving time, reduce speeds when visibility is low, and make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles. As always, DOTD reminds motorists to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving.

Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD's Customer Service Center at dotdcs@la.gov, 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683) or (225) 379-1232. Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state's aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

LDWF Closes Wildlife Management Areas in Advance of TS Isaac Landfall

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed 26 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) within the parishes in the anticipated landfall path of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Those WMAs include: The Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Elm Hall, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Joyce, Lake Boeuf, Lake Ramsey, Manchac, Marsh Island, Maurepas Swamp, Pass a Loutre, Pearl River, Pointe au Chenes, Pomme de Terre, Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.

All WMAs designated as closed will remain closed until further notice. For a complete list of WMAs and locations, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .

For more information contact Randy Myers at 985-507-3504 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

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KANE Request Line:
(337) 367-1240

KANE Business Line:
(337) 365-3434