A STATEMENT FROM PARISH PRESIDENT KEVIN DAVIS
Beginning at 8:00 am Friday morning September 9, 2005, St. Tammany parish residents are allowed to return to the parish. I, along with Tammany mayors, police chiefs and the sheriff's office, thank all St. Tammany parish residents for their patience. At this time, approximately 36% of the parish has power. Water and sewer systems are coming back on-line.
Residents whose homes are safe for occupancy may return to their homes. If your home was flooded or received major damage, do not live in the home. You should return to the place to which you evacuated, stay with a friend or relative, or enter a Red Cross shelter. If it is possible for you to make contingency plans before you enter the parish, we encourage you to do so.
As of this morning, all St. Tammany Parish hospitals have power. Law enforcement officials have the parish under control. A curfew remains in place from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Residents in the low-lying areas of the parish should be prepared to face major home damage or possible devastation. Many homes are destroyed in our coastal areas. Do not attempt to live or camp out in any of these areas. Flood waters carry mud that contain chemicals and other contaminants that pose serious health risks.
So now, Hubby and I are trying to decide if we should head back home maybe even as early as tomorrow. The water is still on a boil order, but I talked to a neighbor this morning and the grocery store opened back up and they have been busy re-stocking it. Also, several of the gas stations have reopened are are up and running. I think it's time to start heading back to face the music. We'll keep you posted as we make our decision.