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KLRZ and Lafourche Parish News

Corps opens up four more Blue Roof collection sites
BATON ROUGE, La., Sept 7, 2008 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana
Recovery Field Office, in Baton Rouge, La., has opened up four more Blue Roof Right
of Entry collection sites today.
The new sites opened on Sep. 7 are:
Ascension Parish, Fire District #1 HQ, 13192 Airline Hwy., Gonzalez 70737
East Baton Rouge Parish, Belmont Service Center, 3535 Riley, Baton Rouge 70805
St. Mary Parish, City Recreation Center, Hospital Ave. Franklin 70538
Terrebonne Parish, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma 70360

The sites opened on Sep. 6 were: 
Assumption Parish, Assumption Police Station, 4813 Hwy 1, Napoleonville 70390
Iberville Parish, Iberville Council on Aging, 58105 Court St., Plaquemine 70764
LaFourche Parish, LaFourche Crossing Fire Dep’t, 691 Hwy 308, Thibodauex 70301
St. Charles Parish, VFW, 140 Angus Drive, Luling 70070
St. James Parish, Vacherie Volunteer Fire Dep’t, 2433 LA 18, Vacherie 70090
St. John the Baptist Parish Sherriff’s Office, 1801 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace 70068
West Baton Rouge Parish, Old Train Depot, Hwy LA 1, Port Allen 70767
St. Martin Parish, Fire Station, 1011 Main St. Parks 70582

Additional missions include emergency power, commodities and technical assistance to facilitate a rapid recovery from hurricane Gustav.


Shelters Opening at Larose Civic Center & Thibodaux High School 

Lafourche Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness has announced the opening of two shelters in Lafourche Parish at the Larose Civic Center and Thibodaux High School. These shelters are Refuges of Last Resort for residents who have returned to Lafourche Parish and have found their homes to be uninhabitable. These centers will begin by providing basic sheltering for residents for no where else to go. Residents choosing to check into the shelter should be doing so with the intention of remaining there for an extended period of time. Any resident utilizing a shelter in Lafourche should bring the essential items utilized during any storm event such as food, water, clothing, personal hygiene products, etc. The Parish is making every effort to ensure that resources such as water, M.R.E.’s and ice will be readily available. We are also working with the American Red Cross to provide as much support to these sites as possible. The most important thing for residents to remember is that these are REFUGES OF LAST RESORT. If you have any other options, you are strongly urged to consider them. It should also be noted that the shelter at Thibodaux High School has no air conditioning. “These shelters are a last resort for people who have no where else to go,” said Parish President Charlotte Randolph. “If you absolutely cannot stay in your house, we have a place for you to stay.” The two shelter locations are also being set up as “Relief Stations”. Residents can come in to charge their cell phones as well as escape the heat for a while. Please know that these relief stations are VERY limited to the number of people using them, especially while charging cell phones, and you may have to wait a while before being able to utilize this service at each location. For further information please contact Brennan Matherne at (985) 537-7603.

Burn Ban in Effect until Further Notice 

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has placed a Burn Ban in effect for the entire Parish of Lafourche until further notice.

Lafourche Parish Garbage & Trash Services, Storm Debris Cleanup & Removal

Lafourche Parish Government and its contractors will begin the process of Storm Debris Cleanup and Removal in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.  To assist in these collection efforts, we ask that storm debris and regular garbage and trash be kept separate as much as possible.  To assist these contractors in the removal of debris, it is requested that you place all debris at street curbside away from fire hydrants, low hanging wires, water meters, etc...  To further assist in these efforts, we ask that the storm debris be separated into different piles.  These piles are: (1) metal, (2) clean wood and tree debris, (3) white goods (household appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, a/c units, washers and dryers, microwave ovens, TV’s, etc…), (4) batteries, chemicals or other items that may be of a hazardous nature.  Loose debris should be boxed, bundled, and containerized as much as possible. Regular garbage services will NOT resume until Saturday, September 6th, at the very earliest.  Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

  • Do not put debris in roadside ditches that may block drainage. 

  • Any resident who has storm debris is asked to place the debris curbside at this time as described above.   We ask your patience and understanding in allowing our contractors the time that it will take to complete the lengthy process of cleaning up the entire parish.

  • Concerning insurance; the parish and its contractors are not responsible for collection of debris in cases where property owners may be reimbursed by insurance companies for hauling debris to an accredited landfill.  In these cases, property owners and their contractors will be responsible to make arrangements with a solid waste contractor for the proper collection and disposal of the debris. 

  • The parish and its contractors are not entering private property to collect debris at this time.  Debris collection will occur at or very near the public right of ways.  Property owners will be responsible to make sure the debris is placed in the proper location for collection.

  • Your patience, understanding, and cooperation are greatly appreciated during this time.  While there is no need to call our office during this time as we are conducting a parish-wide collection of all storm debris and regular garbage collection, if you feel that you must call you may contact us at 985-537-7603.

Residents Should Boil Water as a Precaution

The Lafourche Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is suggesting that residents boil their water only as a precaution. Residents should bring the water to a rolling boil in a clean container for one minute before use. Water pressure is also low in many areas of the Parish. For further information please contact Brennan Matherne at (985) 537-7603.

No Flooding in S. Lafourche Levee System,
The Lafourche Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness reports that there is NO flooding inside the South Lafourche Levee System. There is also no flooding anywhere north of the South Lafourche Levee System. Officials did report some flooding has occurred south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow. Parish President Charlotte Randolph completed her initial assessment of Lafourche Parish this evening along with Chris Boudreaux, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness. “We are mostly dealing with a lot of downed trees and utility poles along our roadways,” said Randolph. “We already have crews working hard to clear our roadways as quickly as possible.” For the most up-to-date information regarding Lafourche Parish, please log on to the Parish website at

Lafourche Parish Press Release - 911 Restored

All TIER 1 EMERGENCY RESPONDERS may now return to Lafourche Parish. These responders include law enforcement, medical and other first responders. Anyone returning MUST possess their “TIER 1” I.D. badge issued by the Parish to gain re-entry access to Lafourche Parish. Emergency Officials are working to assess damages and clear the roadways at this time. Residents will be notified when they will be allowed to return. At this time ONLY TIER 1 EMERGENCY RESPONDERS are being allowed access to Lafourche Parish. A curfew remains in effect in Lafourche Parish until further notice. Any resident that is currently located in Lafourche Parish MUST stay off the streets, you will be stopped by law enforcement officials. If you are trying to evacuate, officials will direct you where to go. Otherwise, residents are to remain in their homes and off the streets until further notice. For the most up-to-date information regarding Lafourche Parish, please log on to the Parish website at

Lafourche Parish Residents Can Return at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 2nd Lafourche Parish residents will be allowed to return to the Parish beginning at 4:00 P.M. today. The parish-wide curfew has been lifted, but will resume at 10:00 P.M. tonight and last until dawn tomorrow. Anyone traveling in Lafourche Parish must drive carefully and be aware of hanging tree limbs, power lines and leaning utility poles. Residents who decide to return must be aware that there is NO power anywhere in Lafourche Parish. There is also no estimate of when power will be restored. Entergy crews are working to assess damages in the area. Entergy officials ask that residents do NOT stop Entergy workers to ask questions about restoring power to their area. Residents are instead encouraged to call Entergy at 1-800-9-OUTAGE (or 1-800-968-8243) to determine estimates on when power will be restored. For further information please contact Brennan Matherne at (985) 537-7603.


Baton Rouge - The National Guard has now opened multiple supply distribution points throughout Louisiana. These points will distribute water, ice, food, and tarps to residents affected by Hurricane Gustav.

The points will be located at:


  • Jeanerette: 101 Main Street (City Hall)

  • New Iberia: 1202 E. Admiral Doyle (near Stage)

Lafourche Parish

  • Matthews: 4876 Hwy 1 (located adjacent to the new Wal-Mart.)

St. Mary Parish

  • Patterson: Patterson Civic Center 116 Cotton Rd.

  • Morgan City: Morgan City Auditorium, 725 Myrtle Street

Terrebonne Parish

  • Houma: Behind the Civic Center at 346, Civic Blvd.

Animal Restrictions at Parish Shelters 

Lafourche Parish residents who are taking refuge in our Parish Shelters at Thibodaux High School and the Larose Civic Center need to place their pets in cages. No pets will be allowed to roam loose at the shelter sites.   





KANE Request Line:
(337) 367-1240

KANE Business Line:
(337) 365-3434


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