Here’s the latest from Lafayette Consolidated Government concerning Isaac:
Lafayette Parish officials participated in the final National Weather Service call at the Lafayette Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Isaac this morning. The Emergency Operations Center is no longer on full activation.
Lafayette is no longer under a Tropical Storm Warning and is now under only a Wind Advisory. Wind gusts of 20-40 mph may continue throughout daylight hours today and are expected to slow somewhat at sunset. Rainfall totals could be up to 1 inch today.
Lafayette Consolidated Government is fully operational today. There are no curfews for Lafayette Parish today. LCG agencies reported mostly normal call volume yesterday and today, and the cleanup operations that are necessary are currently underway.
Due to the minor impacts of Isaac on our parish, Lafayette Consolidated Government will not require activation of its pre-positioned storm debris contract. All routine solid waste, recycling, yard waste, and storm debris will be collected by current vendors, Allied Waste and Recycling Foundation/IESI.
Bobby Guidry, Municipal Services Manager for Allied Waste gave the following details about Allied Waste’s cleanup efforts, “Blue crews’ coming from Texas will assist our area with collection. There will be an increase in volume of garbage due to Isaac. Automated system is still functioning and will be “cart contents only” as usual. Today, Allied Waste will begin picking up “bags” and bulky waste outside of the blue containers. Beginning Monday, normal routes will resume and other yard waste and branches will be picked up. Routes will be running later than normal, and residents are asked to be patient. Also, residents are asked to remove vehicles from the street to allow for pick up. A determination will be made in the coming days regarding the period of time that residents will be allowed to have extraordinary waste collection.”
City-Parish President Joey Durel thanked Lafayette following the storm, “I want to thank the citizens and emergency responders for their assistance in making sure that Isaac’s impact on Lafayette was minimal. Lafayette Parish was certainly fortunate to avoid the brunt of Isaac’s wrath, but there is no doubt that our residents and response professionals were instrumental to ensuring smooth responses to those issues that did occur. Thank you all for demonstrating the best of Lafayette over the last 48 hours.”