Ascension Parish President declares State of Emergency
Ascension Parish (NBC33) — Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez has declared a State of Emergency for Ascension Parish effective at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 because of an approaching winter storm system that will pass through the area for the next several days.
President Martinez said all Ascension Parish governmental offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 28 except for essential departments and personnel. Wednesday’s office hours will be decided on Tuesday afternoon, President Martinez said.
“We want to remind the parish residents to please stay off the roadways unless it is absolutely necessary,” President Martinez said. “Reports show we could have significant ice coverage which can cause downed limbs and poles.”
President Martinez said parish Department of Public Works crews will be unloading sand at parish road and bridge locations while working closely with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, La. DOTD and all other state agencies.
The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Emergency Operations Center is now open and will be manned throughout this weather event, he said.
For more information about weather updates and road closures, please watch Ascension 21, the parish’s governmental channel, or visit the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Facebook page or website at www.ascensionparish.net/ohsep. You may also contact their office at (225) 621-8360, or call the Community Information Line a 1-866-380-2303. You may also contact the Department of Public works at (225) 450 -1013.