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Louisiana Isaac News: Routes to New Orleans, Tangipahoa, Baton Rouge, boil advisories
Written by  // Thursday, 30 August 2012 06:26 //


transport-isaacBelow are updates from Louisiana governmental and other agencies detailing matters such as available routes to return and to travel after Hurricane Isaac.  Bayoubuzz provides the below for inofomation purposes and readers should check upon relevant departments for updates:

 

 

 

Return to New Orleans area

Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced open routes for drivers returning to the New Orleans area following Hurricane Isaac.

DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen roadways closed during the storm. Currently, the most direct open routes into the city include:
Traveling to New Orleans from the east:
• Take I-10 west to I-610 west. I-610 will then reconnect with I-10 just west of the city.
Traveling to New Orleans from the west:
• Take I-10 east to U.S. 61 (exit 187) toward Gramercy. Turn right onto La. 641. La. 641 will turn into La. 3213 near the Mississippi River. Travel on La. 3213 and take a left on La. 3127. Keep straight on La. 3127 and take I-310 to New Orleans until it connects with I-10 east. I-10 east will take you into the city.
DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. 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.
DOTD is working in conjunction with law enforcement and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to issue information to the public regarding road closures and alternate routes. Citizens can access this information on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System 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 this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org.
Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD's Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is typically open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but has extended its hours during the storm.
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.


DOTD announces priority routes for Tangipahoa Parish

Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has developed a list of priority routes which they will strive to quickly and safely reopen in order to facilitate evacuation efforts in Tangipahoa Parish.
DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen area roadways closed during the storm. The routes that crews will be working to reopen first in Tangipahoa Parish include I-55, I-12, U.S. 51, U.S. 190 and La. 16.
DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. 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.
DOTD is working in conjunction with law enforcement and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to issue information to the public regarding road closures and alternate routes. Citizens can access this information on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System 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 this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org.
Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD's Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is typically open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but has extended its hours during the storm.
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.

East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Pointe Coupee
Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced that all state routes in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes have been cleared of debris and reopened.
DOTD crews will continue to work diligently to clear and reopen roadways in other parishes impacted by the storm.
"I would like to commend our staff at DOTD for their hard work and dedication in clearing these roads so quickly after the storm," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. "It took a big effort from everyone on our team to make this possible."
DOTD urges motorists to use extra caution when traveling on roadways during hazardous weather conditions and stay off the roads whenever possible. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully, and avoid driving while distracted. 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.
DOTD is working in conjunction with law enforcement and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security to issue information to the public regarding road closures and alternate routes. Citizens can access this information on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System 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 this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511la.org. Motorists can also obtain information regarding road closures by contacting DOTD's Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683). The center is typically open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but has extended its hours during the storm.
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.

Priority Routes
BATON ROUGE -- 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.

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) office at the Churchill Technology and Business Park will be open Friday, August 31st on a limited basis to assist any Jefferson Parish businesses with critical needs. We ask that all businesses seeking assistance email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their contact information and request for assistance. A JEDCO representative will respond.

The Business Innovation Center will also open on Friday, August 31st at 9:00 AM.

The JEDCO office will resume regular services on Tuesday, September 4th at 7:30 AM.
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the dusk to dawn curfew for New Orleans residents has been lifted. However, residents are urged to use caution. Crews are working to clear debris from the streets and repair traffic signals throughout the city. Residents are asked to stop at every intersection out of an abundance of caution. The NOPD will be out in full force tonight enforcing the law.

 

State Issues Boil Advisories 

in Response to Hurricane Isaac

Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is issuing boil advisories for the following systems in response to Hurricane Isaac.
New Boil Advisories:
• Crossgates Utilities - Crossgates Subdivision (St. Tammany Parish) - pressure loss due to power outage;
• Houma Water System (Terrebonne Parish) - received water from Schriever, which is under boil advisory;
• River Oaks Water System (St. Tammany Parish) - pressure loss due to power outage;
• Town of Churchpoint (Acadia Parish) - pressure loss due to broken water main; and
• Waterworks District No. 2 (St. Helena Parish) - pressure loss due to power outage.
Existing Boil Advisories:
• Alton Water System (St. Tammany Parish) - pressure loss due to power outage;
• Crossgates Ben Thomas Road (St. Tammany Parish) - pressure loss due to power outage;
• Dalcour Water System (Plaquemines Parish) - system flooded;
• East Point-A-La-Hache Water System (Plaquemines Parish) - system flooded;
• Port Sulphur Water System (Plaquemines Parish) - system flooded;
• Schriever Water System (Terrebonne Parish) - interruption in water treatment facility;
• St. John Water District #1 (St. John the Baptist Parish) - system flooded;
• Town of Roseland (Tangipahoa Parish) - pressure loss due to power outage; and
• West Baton Rouge Waterworks District 2 (West Baton Rouge Parish) - broken water main from fallen tree caused pressure loss.
Customers of a water system that is under a boil advisory should disinfect it prior to consumption until notified the system is restored and the advisory is lifted. People whose water system is under a boil advisory should disinfect water prior to drinking it, cooking with it, brushing teeth or preparing food using one of the following methods:
• Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one-minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste that sometimes results from this process can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.)
• If the water is clear coming from the tap, mix 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach with one gallon of water and let it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption. If the water is cloudy or colored, use 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water. Be sure to mix thoroughly. If the treated water has too strong a chlorine taste, it can be made more palatable by allowing the water to stand exposed to the air for a few hours or by pouring it from one clean container to another several times.
Boiling is the most effective method of disinfecting drinking water, and it is particularly important for people have compromised immune systems (e.g. those who have HIV/AIDS or cancer, and organ transplant patients who are taking immunosuppressive drugs.) This is also recommended for infants and the elderly.
People who obtain their water from these systems must continue disinfecting their drinking water by one of the above listed methods until the Department of Health and Hospitals issues a public notice that the water has been tested and is now safe to drink.
Consumers may experience some irregularities with their water while the system restores treatment services to ensure the water is safe. It is expected that water may have an unusual chlorine odor or have possible sediments appear in it while special precautions are taking place. Flushing household taps for a few minutes should fix this problem.
Contact: OPH Safe Drinking Water Program, 225-342-7499.

 

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