Curfew lifted after Isaac
By JEAN L. KAESS
The dawn-to-dusk curfew and alcohol ban for St. Mary Parish have been lifted, as of 10:30 a.m. today.
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to weaken, and the center of circulation is now north of Alexandria, according to the 10 a.m. update from the National Weather Service.
During the hurricane, the parish experienced maximum wind gusts of 75 mph, said St. Mary Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Duval Arthur.
No flooding was reported in the parish.
Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte said that at one point during the storm the Atchafalaya River stage was 0.3 feet. It later returned to its pre-storm stage of 2.5 feet with a steady rise forecast as the storm retreated from the area.
Elsewhere, St. Mary Parish government offices and the sheriff’s department will be open for regular hours starting Friday.
The Berwick Civic Center shelter of last resort closed at 9 a.m. today. While 18 people arrived there, 15 stayed through the storm. While both Lafayette and Iberia parishes contacted St. Mary about the possibility of sending evacuees to the shelter, neither did so.
In Morgan City, the sanitation department will pick up residential (Tuesday-Friday route) trash as scheduled on Friday. Today’s (Monday-Thursday route) trash will be picked up on Saturday. Next week, the sanitation department will work a normal schedule and will not take off Labor Day.
City hall in Morgan City is open.
Patterson City Hall remains closed until 8:30 a.m. Friday. To report power outages call the respective agencies (Cleco 1-800-622-6537 and Cox 985-395-2900) and not City Hall.
Patterson Mayor Rodney Grogan asked residents to remain vigilant for downed wires, trees and debris. He also asked that residents limit the movement of youth within the community.