Update 3:15 p.m:
David Camardelle, the mayor of Grand Isle, saying that he is not issuing an evacuation order at this time, but told residents of the island town to watch for rainfall between 4 inches and 15 inches and high tides between 1 foot and three feet.
"If anyone has vehicles or campers in low areas they should bring them to higher areas until this storm has passed," he said in a written statement. "If anyone is wanting to leave Grand Isle due to the weather we are asking that they do so at the earliest time due to high water being on La. 1 in low areas. All of our pumps are up and running and we also have back up pumps with Jefferson Parish on standby. The west end of the island where the levee was being washed away is in the process of being protected with rocks.”
Original Story 1 p.m: Jefferson Parish prepared for the heavy rains expected to blow ashore with Tropical Storm Cindy on Tuesday, cancelling a slate of planned activities and manning its pump stations.
“We've had several rain events in the last 18 months, and we're ready to go for this one as well,” said Keith Conley, a top aide to Parish President Mike Yenni.
Conley said “it’s all hands on deck” for parish workers. In drainage alone, there are 287 employees who operate and maintain the parish's 69 pump stations, 23 of which are manned stations and 46 are unmanned.
Nevertheless, flooding is expected in some areas, and Conley said that streets that tend to flood during heavy rain events will likely flood again.
Residents are asked to secure their property, clean out catch basins and make sure drain culverts are clear of street debris when it is safe to do so. If there are issues and you need assistance please contact the Drainage Department at (504) 736-6751.
The Sewerage Department is fully staffed with 200 employees who operate and maintain 505 sewer lift stations and wet wells, as well as 18,000 manholes. The parish also has six wastewater treatment plants.
The parish has sent resources Lafitte and Grand Isle to assist them with their drainage and coastal issues. There will be several portable pumps in Lafitte area as tide comes in and some heavy equipment to shore up levees in Lafitte.
The Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve shut down and its parking lots, trails and visitor center will remain closed at least through Thursday.
The parish canceled all Head Start and recreation department youth programs for the next three days and they will resume on Friday.
The parish also had a ribbon cutting scheduled for the new West Bank Animal Shelter that has been postponed, as has the annual poster unveiling party for the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle.
The Grand Opening of Parc des Familles scheduled for Friday has been postponed to June 30.
In Kenner, city officials are coordinating with the parish and taking steps to prepare for the rain. The city's recreation department has canceled summer camps scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
The Jefferson Parish Public School System has canceled all student activities those two days, including camps, classes, extended school programs and driver’s education classes.