St. Martin Parish Government

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Operating as usual

09/13/2020

Parish President Chester Cedars attended the 10:00 a.m. National Weather Service briefing this morning relative to Tropical Storm Sally. The storm is projected to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane. Landfall is now predicted to be east of Grand Isle after which the storm will move in a northeastern direction. Interestingly, there is little activity on the western side of the eye which is good news for our region. Rainfall is projected to be only 1 to 3 inches Monday and Tuesday. However, there is a likelihood that we may experience tropical storm winds in connection with the system. Therefore, a tropical storm warning is in effect for St. Martin, Iberia, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.

Although the effects are currently forecasted to pose a minimal threat to our area, the public is nonetheless urged to take the appropriate precautions now relative to food and supplies. Because of high winds, power outages are possible.

We will continue to monitor the storm and will publish and post any updates on its forecast path and intensity.

Parish officials and the public works department remain on standby in case of any negative developments.

Anyone who needs assistance please call our OEP at (337) 394-2808.

09/12/2020

Parish President Chester Cedars has just attended a conference with the National Weather Service relative to Tropical Storm Sally. This system is predicted to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane. Landfall is predicted to be anywhere from the mouth of the Mississippi (the eastern portion of Louisiana) to the Florida panhandle. Although the effects are currently forecast to pose a minimal threat to our area, President Cedars nonetheless urges the public to take the appropriate precautions now relative to food and supplies. Also, tomorrow morning after a morning conference with the NWS, an announcement will be made if the opening of sand bag locations is necessary and if so, their sites. Parish public works personnel are on standby.

We will continue to monitor the storm and will publish any updates on its forecast path and intensity.

Anyone who needs assistance, please call our OEP at (337) 394-2208.

Parish President Chester Cedars has released an update on COVID-19 relative to the re-opening of bars in St. Martin Pari...
09/11/2020
September 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Update | St. Martin Parish Government

Parish President Chester Cedars has released an update on COVID-19 relative to the re-opening of bars in St. Martin Parish.
https://www.stmartinparish.net/september-11-2020-covid-19-update/

St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars September 11, 2020 3:30 P.M. The Governor has announced the parameters of Phase 3 restrictions. As soon as he officially releases his proclamation, I will outline it and post a summary thereof based upon the actual terms and conditions of the Executi ...

09/10/2020

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced the outside lane of I-10 eastbound on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge from mile marker 120.5 to 127.5 will be closed on Monday, September 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.

This closure is necessary to allow work crews to perform routine bridge inspections.

The road will be open to regular traffic with a 16-foot lane restriction on over-sized loads passing through the work zone.

Emergency vehicles will have access to the area.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

09/10/2020

Poche Bridge Road will be closed to traffic tomorrow, September 11, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. to allow for the removal of the debris under the bridge.

Recent reports released by the U.S. Census Bureau reflects that our State and Parish are not doing very well with respec...
09/08/2020
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Recent reports released by the U.S. Census Bureau reflects that our State and Parish are not doing very well with respect to responding to the Census requests. Currently, Louisiana enjoys a self-response rate of 58.6%. St. Martin Parish has a 56.3% response rate which ranks it 27th in the State. Our municipalities rates and ranks are as follows:
-Breaux Bridge: 60% response rate, ranking it 46th in the State
-St. Martinville: 55.1% response rate, ranking it 103rd in the State
-Parks: 53.8% response rate, ranking it 113th in the State
-Arnaudville: 46.4% response rate, ranking it 184th in the State
-Henderson: 45.9% response rate, ranking it 189th in the State

The importance of responding to the Census cannot be overstated. The results of a Census are utilized in determining the number of representatives to which a state is entitled in the U.S. House of Representatives. Moreover, congressional and state legislative districts are drawn based upon Census counts. The distribution of federal funds and grants are likewise the product of Census data; thus, the receipt of federal dollars for schools, hospitals, roads/highways, and other vital public infrastructure is determined by the population reflected by the Census.

Other information regarding the census can be found at https://2020census.gov/. Please take a moment to review that information. THEN, PLEASE RESPOND TO THE CENSUS.

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

09/08/2020

The Integrated Mosquito Control Program currently used in St. Martin Parish is an adult mosquito truck program based upon current mosquito data. The Parish assesses the mosquito data and coordinates where, when, and how often sprays are provided, based on mosquito pool testing sites and from 27 traps which are strategically located throughout the Parish. In the past, sentinel chickens were components of the diseased mosquito surveillance. However, beginning in 2019, the Louisiana Arboviral Sampling Standards Committee recommended that no sentinel chickens or dead birds would be tested. Consequently, our contractor has been even more vigilant in the surveillance of the strategically placed mosquito traps. Once a week, the contractor checks these traps to determine the number of mosquitoes in each trap and after testing, whether there is any evidence of disease or significant increases in overall adult mosquito numbers. Based upon the data received, spraying crews are then assigned to those areas where any mosquito borne disease has been confirmed and/or those areas with the highest adult mosquito counts were located.

Recently, the Parish has experienced an increase in the number of adult mosquitoes. However, the mosquito counts are not out of the ordinary for this time of year. As of this date, the Louisiana Department of Health has not reported any human case of West Nile virus. Nonetheless, several weeks ago, Parish President Chester Cedars was advised by our independent contractor for mosquito control that three mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in the Cecilia, Henderson, and Cade areas. In response, and for precautionary reasons, our mosquito contractor was instructed to immediately increase spraying in those areas. Subsequently, the follow up pools did not yield any positive results.

Even though our Parish, and State, currently have no reports of a positive human case, it has been only a week or so since there were positive pool test results. Hence, the public should nonetheless enhance efforts to PROTECT themselves because mosquito control/abatement does not mean “mosquito elimination.”

After consultation with our contractor, the following guidelines have been developed for easy reference:
“1) Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellent, preferably one containing DEET. Always read repellent labels carefully, especially for usage on younger children. Also, try to wear light colored, long sleeve clothing and socks. Darker colored clothing attracts mosquitoes.
2) Repair or replace broken screens on windows and doors: and, avoid using perfumes or colognes.
3) Residents should remove any standing water around their homes or businesses. Clogged rain gutters and pet water bowls can produce thousands of mosquitoes per week and something as small as a coke can or bottle cap can produce a breeding site for mosquitoes. Remember, please remove any standing/stagnant water.
4) Avoiding mosquitoes at their peak activity times of dusk and dawn is highly recommended, but if one must be outside, please wear repellent.
5) Personal protection and yard sanitation are recommended and encouraged.
6) During the evening hours ULV Truck mounted sprayers will be assigned to spray within the Parish of St. Martin in an effort to reduce/maintain the vector population below critical levels as noted in the CDC Expanded Protocol measures. Spraying will be conducted for three consecutive evenings in the affected areas, weather permitting.
7) The efficacy of the Truck Spraying operations will be determined through the use of Mosquito Traps and Landing Rates that are scheduled for operation and performed immediately following the completion of the adult mosquito control activities. The number of mosquitoes collected will serve to quantify the adult population and provide additional specimens to be submitted for retesting at Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab.”

Furthermore, helpful links with valuable mosquito protection information are provided through the website of the Parish’s contractor at: cajunmosquitocontrol.com.”

Additional links are found on the website of the Louisiana Department of Health at: https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/1930.

Finally, please note that according to the La. Department of Health, COVID-19 is not transmitted via mosquitoes.

09/06/2020
09/04/2020

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced the inside lane of I-10 eastbound on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge from mile marker 122.5 to 127.5 will be closed daily beginning Tuesday, September 8 until Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.

This closure is necessary to allow work crews to perform routine bridge inspections.

The road will be open to regular traffic with a 16-foot lane restriction on over sized loads passing through the work zone.

Emergency vehicles will have access to the area.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

09/04/2020
Recovery

If you haven't completed the 2020 Census form, you can do so by visiting https://my2020census.gov or calling 844-330-2020.

The last day to respond is September 30, 2020.

To help our communities when we come back together, respond to the 2020 Census today—and impact the next 10 years of health care, infrastructure, and educati...

09/01/2020

Deanna Lane (off of Duchamp Road in Broussard) will have alternating lane closures for road maintenance tomorrow, September 2, 2020, from 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

08/31/2020

Effective immediately, due to the recent weather event, the bridge on Auguillard Road (off of Grand Point Highway in Breaux Bridge) will be closed until further notice. Motorists should use Lion Castille Road as an alternate route.

08/31/2020

Construction has been delayed. The Boat Landing within Clayton Boudreaux Memorial Park in Catahoula will now be closed from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and Thursday, September 3, 2020.

08/31/2020

Construction has been delayed. The Boat Launch at Uncle Dick Davis Park in Butte La Rose will now be closed from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

08/28/2020

President Cedars reminds the public that Parish’s storm debris removal program was initiated yesterday after the storm passed. Moreover, almost all of the storm debris from Hurricane Laura has been removed from public rights of way by the Parish’s public works crews.

With regard to yard waste on private property, Parish Government has special FEMA-approved contracts in place for the collection of such debris since storm debris is not embraced by standard waste disposal contracts. Thus, all residents should place their yard waste generated by the storm at the edge of their property. Yard waste is defined as logs, plants, tree branches, and similar vegetation matter.

Please note:
-It may be several days before residential yard debris will be collected so that everyone is afforded ample opportunity to accumulate the yard waste from their property and the proper monitoring team can perform the required assessment;

-All yard waste (logs, plants, and tree branches) must be segregated from all other waste such as household waste, construction debris, and white goods which may have been damaged/destroyed by the storm; and,

-All debris should be placed on the edge of the property line so that it does not encroach upon any street/road or drainage lateral. Also, please do not place the waste beneath any utility lines.

08/28/2020

URGENT-Individuals and Businesses Encouraged To Call And Report Storm Damages In Order For St. Martin Parish To Receive FEMA Assistance

If any residents of St. Martin Parish suffered damages to their homes as a result of Hurricane Laura, we are asking that you please report it to the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. We would like to stress the vital importance of reporting any and all damages sustained to homes and businesses. You are not only helping yourself, but also your neighbors to receive assistance from FEMA.

We have been diligently patrolling the Parish and have noticed that some homes did sustain storm related damages, so we are encouraging you; family members, or neighbors to please report damages via the number below.

In order to determine if St. Martin Parish will qualify for Federal Assistance with FEMA, we are asking that any resident or business owner that sustained storm damage, to please contact the St. Martin Parish OHSEP Office at (337) 394-2808 or via email at [email protected].

When you call or email, please have the following information available:
1. Name and Address
2. Contact Information (phone and email)
3. Pictures of any and all damages
4. What damage was sustained to the home or business
5. Whether you own or rent the property
6. Whether or not you have homeowners or business insurance coverage

In order to determine if St. Martin Parish qualifies for Federal Assistance with FEMA, we need to report any all damages to determine if we are eligible for assistance through FEMA. Therefore, please call as soon as possible to report your damages. This applies to homes and businesses.

The EOC Call Center will be open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to accept calls from individuals and businesses who suffered damage from the hurricane that occurred in St. Martin Parish.

08/27/2020
Pelican Waste & Debris, LLC

Pelican Waste & Debris, LLC

We will resume garbage collection in St. Martin Parish on Friday. Any routes that were left unfinished due to inclement weather on Wednesday and Thursday routes will be made up on Friday. All Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday.

Thank you all for your continued patience while we do our best to ensure the safety of our crews! Stay safe!

08/27/2020

Curfew For This Evening For St. Martin Parish Is Cancelled

Effective immediately, Parish President Chester Cedars has rescinded the curfew for St. Martin Parish that was set for this evening, August 27, 2020.

Anyone needing further information or assistance related to Hurricane Laura, please contact the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by calling (337) 394-2808.

08/27/2020

Parish President Chester Cedars advises that Parish work crews have, since daybreak, been surveying damages from Hurricane Laura. The focus at this point is the clearing of all roadways and drainage laterals. Please report any issues to the Parish by calling 337-394-2200 so that the matters can be addressed.

At this stage, it appears that the Parish endured the storm without widespread catastrophic damages. However, heavy rain bands may develop over the next several hours. ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS IT IS ESSENTIAL. Many roads still have debris.

President Cedars has already initiated the Parish’s storm debris removal program. A debris removal monitoring team will assess the debris generated by the storm. All residents should place yard waste generated by the storm at the edge of their property. Yard waste is defined as logs, plants, tree branches, and similar vegetation matter. Please note:

- It may be several days before residential yard debris will be collected so that individuals are afforded ample opportunity to collect their yard waste;

-All yard waste (logs, plants, and tree branches) must be segregated from all other waste such as household waste, construction debris, and white goods which may have been damaged/destroyed by the storm; and,

-All debris should be placed on the edge of the property line so that it does not encroach upon any street/road or drainage lateral.

08/26/2020

Parish President Chester Cedars gives the latest update on Hurricane Laura

08/26/2020

St. Martin Parish Government offices will be closed today, Wednesday, August 26 and tomorrow, August 27 due to Hurricane Laura.

Emergency/Essential staff will be available.

Offices will reopen on Friday, August 28.

08/25/2020

Based upon his most recent conferences with OEP officials and weather personnel, President Chester Cedars advises that as of 4:00 P.M. today, Laura is still projected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday. It will likely be a Category 3 Storm. Landfall is predicted to be between southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. After landfall, the storm will track in a northeastern direction.

St. Martin Parish can expect to start experiencing significant rainfall Wednesday afternoon extending into Thursday. Tropical storm winds are predicted to commence between 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, lasting 16-20 hours. It is important to note that there will be the potential of tornadic activity commencing Wednesday afternoon. Because of a strong storm surge associated with this hurricane, several highways in certain spots will likely be under water including portions of Interstate Highway 10 from the western part of Jeff Davis Parish extending westward. Thus, motorists who must travel should remain especially cautious.
President Cedars has instructed that St. Martin Parish sandbagging operations should continue to 6:00 p.m. today and from 7:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. He has also issued a parish wide curfew for Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. to Thursday at 7:00 a.m. On Thursday, the curfew will continue from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday morning. A voluntary evacuation order remains for lower St. Martin Parish only.

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

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301 West Port Street
Saint Martinville, LA
70582

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(337) 394-2200

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