Weather freezing activity in parish
After a parish-wide meeting of governmental leaders, the mayors from the cities of Morgan City, Patterson and Berwick announced this morning that non-essential workers will be told to stay home Tuesday and Wednesday, but essential workers in utility departments will be on call with fire and police staffed as needed.
Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said, “Safety is our number one issue and priority.”
Police chiefs in each of the three cities are asking residents to stay off the streets Tuesday and Wednesday.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard said, “Please stay inside and stay off the streets unless it is absolutely necessary.”
Parish President Paul Naquin said parish business at the St. Mary Parish courthouse will not be conducted and non-essential parish workers will be asked to stay home for their safety. He expects other entities at the courthouse will also be closed.
Parish President Paul Naquin will be issuing a state of emergency for the parish. This will allow greater accessibility to resources if needed and also will expedite a reimbursement of expenses if the parish becomes declared a federal disaster area.
“We do not want our employees to unnecessarily be exposed to dangerous circumstances as conditions on the roads are expected to become hazardous,” Naquin said.
The parish landfill will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and Progressive Waste has told the parish that it will not run routes in the parish, Naquin said.
The three cities and the parish sent non-essential workers home early Friday afternoon due to a freeze event last week.