Parish President Chester Cedars has just reviewed updated weather forecasts from several sources and notes that we can expect the following conditions in the next few days:

Saturday:   High of 44, Low of 33 with a 23% chance of precipitation

Sunday:   High of 42, Low of 27 with a 57% chance of precipitation

Monday:   High of 32, Low of 14 with a 75% chance of precipitation

Tuesday:   High of 35, Low of 27 with a 5% chance of precipitation

Wednesday:   High of 52, Low of 34 with a 75% chance of precipitation

Of course, the foregoing are forecasts and thus may change.  Nonetheless, particularly concerning are the weather situation from Sunday evening until Wednesday.  It seems likely that we will experience freezing rain/sleet and perhaps some snow.  The events will produce ice accumulation on roads, tree branches, and utility power lines.  Therefore, hazardous driving conditions will exist, and the potential is present for power outages during from Sunday to Wednesday.

We have been monitoring the weather since Monday and our preparations have included and will continue to include the staging of sand/salt at key areas so that Parish roads and bridges which may become icy are addressed, the inspection and/or clearing of drainage infrastructure, and the identification of specific likely problem areas.  Moreover, our public works crew will be on standby until the weather situation abates.  Of course, DOTD had advised that they are prepared to address any issues on state infrastructure in our Parish.

It is possible that I-10 will be closed.  Also, it is questionable whether the three overpasses in the Parish will be passable.  President Cedars refers to the ones on Highway 31, Saltmine Highway, and Bordelon Road.  Therefore, plan accordingly.

Parish President Chester Cedars encourages all of our citizens to take the potential severe weather seriously.  Please do not travel unless necessary.  Check generators to ensure that they are functionable and fuel is available.  Stock up on food, water, and extra fuel.  Also, have a supply of batteries and keep your phones and electronic devices fully charged.  Finally, all exposed pipes should be “winterized” and all of your pets and plants protected.

We will continue to MONITOR the weather and update any information which may change significantly.

Anyone needing any assistance whatsoever should call the Parish’s OEP at 337.394.2808.