Parish braces for winter storm, emerges unscathed

Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Top Story
Jeanfreau's Super Market employee Patrick Stall restocks the store's meat supply after a very busy Monday night.Photo by Jack Tiebout

Jeanfreau’s Super Market employee Patrick Stall restocks the store’s meat supply after a very busy Monday night. Photo by Jack Tiebout

St. Bernard Parish officials were grateful to residents for heeding their cautions regarding the winter storm that fell upon Greater New Orleans on Tuesday.

“People did a remarkable job in following our suggestions,” said Parish President Dave Peralta, who declared a state of emergency for the parish after consulting with the National Weather Service.

The parish closed off all of the bridges and ferries that connect St. Bernard to its neighbors on Tuesday night, which “created an island effect for us,” according to Peralta.

Peralta was happy to see very few cars out on the road on Tuesday and Wednesday and was thankful to Acadian Ambulances, based in Lafayette, who sent four ambulances to St. Bernard for Tuesday night, though they were not ultimately needed. The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office was proud to report that there were no fatalities, no injuries, and no car accidents caused by the weather.

“We really never had any problems at all,” said Sheriff James Pohlmann. “All the local and state agencies were ready.”

As of Wednesday morning, President Peralta had expected schools, businesses, and government offices to be fully operating by Thursday.

Residents, whose main concern was losing power as a result of the storm, flocked to stores on Monday and Tuesday to stock up on food, water, and other necessities.

Robert Binney, who runs B&G Fresh Market in Chalmette, said that his store was flooded with customers on Tuesday night. Binney said it was “very similar to a hurricane” in his store, with customers stocking up on water, cold cuts, and, of course, beer.

Joey Jeanfreau of Jeanfreau Super Market noticed a similar trend at his store nearby. “[Monday night] was real, real busy” with customers worried about losing power, Jeanfreau said on Tuesday. He said that his shipments for Wednesday morning were cut off, as his distributors did not want to put cars on the road.

President Peralta was optimistic as of Wednesday morning, “It looks like we’re going to make it out just fine.”

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