TRAFFIC ALERT: LA 308 is CLOSED at Lafourche Crossing just south of Thibodaux due to high water. Detour to LA 1.
As hurricane season begins, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle announced a new emergency alert service immediately available to all residents. The system is called “CodeRED” and allows citizens to sign up online to receive location-based notifications by phone call or text message in the case of an emergency.
While details on emergencies such as mandatory evacuations, hazardous material spills, and boil water advisories are always announced through news releases and social media, Lafourche Parish Government and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office have also been utilizing a telephone system which made automated phone calls to residents in a specified area in the event of such an emergency. The new CodeRED system offers that same functionality, but it will also call or send text messages to cell phones of citizens who sign up online. Additionally, the system will allow for several thousand more phone calls to be made simultaneously, reducing the total time needed to call each citizen to a few minutes rather than, what was in some cases, several hours.
When signing up for CodeRED online, each citizen will complete a form requesting basic information, including the citizen’s name, address and phone number. Multiple phone numbers can be added, including land-based telephone lines and cell phones with an option to receive text message alerts. An email address can also be added to receive the notifications by email. Upon submitting the information, users will have the option to create a “managed account”. This option is recommended so that users can change information, such as phone numbers or addresses, in the future, if necessary. Finally, users will have a final opportunity to verify all information, including the ability to pinpoint your address on a map and even conduct a test call to the phone number(s) entered.
“With a large number of residents ‘cutting the cord’ and opting exclusively for cell phone service, we needed a way to reach these residents in addition to the landline owners,” said Sheriff Craig Webre. “After working with Lafourche Parish Government emergency officials, and considering multiple options, we decided to utilize the CodeRED system, as it allows us to continue providing the same service with enhanced options and abilities. We encourage all citizens who live or work in Lafourche Parish to sign up for the service online and enter their cell phone numbers to be contacted in the event of an emergency.”
President Cantrelle echoed Sheriff Webre’s comments. “As technology evolves, more and more people are on mobile devices than ever before,” said Cantrelle. “Along with Sheriff Webre, we are encouraging all citizens who live and work in Lafourche Parish to sign up their cell phones for this service to receive time-sensitive information which can be vital in times of emergency.”
Residents can register by going to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office website (www.lpso.net) or the Lafourche Parish Government website (www.lafourchegov.org) and clicking on the CodeRED link on the homepages. Residents and businesses who wish to enroll by telephone, or need more information, please contact the Lafourche Parish Government Office of Emergency Preparedness at (985) 532-8174.
Sheriff Craig Webre reported one woman has died, and two others were hospitalized after a lightning strike Friday night at a Larose outdoor music festival. Jacqui Stavis (age 28) of New Orleans was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Saturday. Two other females (ages 30 and 24), also of New Orleans, were also injured in he incident.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday, March 18, deputies received a call that three people were injured after a lightning strike at the T-Bois Blues Festival grounds. Deputies, volunteer firefighters, and EMTs responded to the scene to assist and found Stavis unresponsive, along with two other females who were injured. All three were transported to the hospital for treatment. Stavis was later pronounced dead on Saturday. The 24-year-old victim was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans while the 30-year-old victim remained at a local hospital. A large Labrador, which was with the females, also died in the incident.
Investigators learned the three women had retreated into a small personal tent on the festival grounds during a period of severe weather. Following a lightning strike, Stavis was unresponsive, and the other two had injuries commonly associated with electric shock.
10/26/2015 8:30 A.M. UPDATE:
LA Highway 1 is now open south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow after workers cleared debris from the roadway. Drivers should proceed with caution as there is still water on the roadway in some areas. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be maintaining a safe speed ahead of traffic to ensure driver safety. Drivers should expect delays.
LPSO thanks the public for the patience and cooperation.
LA Highway 1 remains closed south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow. Even after waters recede, crews must clean roadway of debris before roadway is re-opened. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office appreciates the public’s patience and cooperation as we work to ensure the roadways are safe for all drivers.
LA Highway 1 is now CLOSED south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow due to high water.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported Tuesday’s inclement weather and ongoing downpours led to numerous streets flooding and also led to an unfortunate accident which occurred on Hospital Drive in the Raceland community. At approximately 1:20 PM the Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that a child had fallen into a drainage canal and was swept away by the strong current brought on by today’s heavy rainfall.
Deputies responded and learned that a three-year-old was playing outside in the back yard and when the child’s caretaker went out to retrieve him and upon calling out to him, the child ran and fell into the ditch. Immediate efforts to retrieve him were unsuccessful. LPSO personnel arrived on scene and began a search of the canal. Approximately 15 minutes later, the child’s father located him amongst the weeds about 75 yards downstream.
Efforts to revive the child were immediately initiated but were regretfully unsuccessful.
“During times such as these, words are hard to come by which can express our deep sorrow for the loss of a young life”, stated Sheriff Webre.