Weather & Storm Information
WEATHER UPDATE – BACK TO BUSINESS
January 18, 2018
UPDATE: All roads in Lafourche Parish are open, including the elevated LA 1 Expressway/ No further closures are anticipated for this winter weather event. All Greater Lafourche Port Commission offices are open and operating as normal.
The Lafourche Parish Water District is experiencing extremely low water pressure in multiple areas as a result of the current weather conditions. Because of this, the water in these areas is of questionable microbiological quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Lafourche Parish Water District has issued a BOIL WATER ADVISORY (*Revised @ 9:00 a.m. on 1/18/2018) for customers in the South Lafourche communities from the Intercostal Canal in Larose south to the Parish Line. The BOIL ADVISORY will remain in effect until rescinded by the Water District.
WEATHER UPDATE – BOIL WATER ADVISORY
January 17, 2018
UPDATE: The Lafourche Parish Water District #1 has advised that customers in the South Lafourche area, from the Intracoastal Canal in Larose south to the parish line, are under a BOIL WATER ADVISORY until further notice. Port Fourchon businesses can also expect extremely low water pressure due to current demands on the system.
Port Fourchon industrial facilities are being asked by Lafourche Parish Water District #1 to reduce water consumption as much as possible and to avoid filling tanks/tankers until Friday if able to do so.
WEATHER UPDATE – WINTER WEATHER CONTINUES
January 17, 2018
UPDATE: The elevated LA 1 Expressway between Leeville and Fourchon remains open to vehicular traffic. We have been working closely with all of our regional agency partners to respond to this weather event. There are NO PLANS to close the elevated highway. However, forecast freezing conditions could cause the expressway to freeze again late tonight/early Thursday morning, depending on the amount of moisture remaining on the elevated roadway and in the area. We encourage you to plan for potential impacts to travel during that time frame as a precaution. As always, slow down, obey all traffic controls, and drive safely.
Port tenants are being asked by Lafourche Parish Water District #1 to reduce water consumption until Friday. If possible, please avoid filling tanks/tankers so that the water system has a chance to catch up to the significantly increased demands from this extreme cold.
WEATHER UPDATE – ELEVATED LA 1 EXPRESSWAY NOW OPEN
January 17, 2018
UPDATE: The elevated LA 1 Expressway between Leeville and Fourchon is now open to vehicular traffic after LA DOTD crews completed the de-icing process. DOTD personnel are in the area monitoring roadway conditions, and Port Fourchon Harbor Police are patrolling to ensure safe travel. Please drive with caution when traveling to Port Fourchon and be mindful of winter weather conditions, especially ice on roadways, that may continue to impact local routes.
WEATHER UPDATE – FREEZING CONDITIONS CAUSE CLOSURES
January 17, 2018
UPDATE: GLPC offices will be closed today due to the winter weather system currently affecting our area. There are statewide road closures due to ice accumulation on many roads and bridges. Travel is discouraged due to hazardous driving conditions. Port Fourchon Harbor Police will remain on duty as usual. Be safe, and stay warm!
WEATHER NOTICE – FREEZING CONDITIONS
January 16, 2018
GLPC is monitoring winter weather reports, as freezing conditions are forecast for our area for the next few days. Port Fourchon businesses, South Lafourche Airport users, and local residents should be alert for updates and prepared for the possibility of adverse weather conditions that may affect travel routes. Please plan ahead to minimize potential impacts to your operations.
WARNINGS, WATCHES, & ADVISORIES (NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Update 1/16/2018 @ 6:00am)
- WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY (Upper Lafourche Only) in effect this afternoon and evening, with a chance of winter precipitation. A brief period of a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is possible everywhere except the immediate southeast Louisiana coastal area.
- FREEZE WARNING (Lower Lafourche) in effect tonight and Wednesday morning, with a light to moderate freeze and lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
- HARD FREEZE WARNING (Upper Lafourche) in effect tonight and Wednesday morning, low to mid 20s.
- WIND CHILL ADVISORY in effect from 9:00 p.m. tonight to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Bitter cold wind chill values expected late tonight and Wednesday morning.
- The Lafourche Water District is asking customers throughout the parish to conserve water usage until further notice, as they are expecting a tremendous demand on the parish water system with the approaching freeze. CLICK HERE for the announcement.
- Fourchon customers, if at all possible, please cut back on filling tanks Wednesday and Thursday so the water system can maintain safe water pressure and have reserves for emergency response. Port Fourchon’s response to the conservation request for the last weather event did help with maintaining water pressure in the parish system.
LOCAL ROADS AND BRIDGES
- There are no roadway closures anticipated based upon current weather reports.
- Lower than average confidence on winter precipitation occurring, but any accumulating freezing or frozen precipitation could cause icy elevated road surfaces. Local and state agencies will be monitoring bridges and highways when temperatures drop below freezing.
- DOTD is on standby at the elevated LA 1 Expressway this afternoon and tomorrow with materials and equipment. If necessary, they will salt the elevated highway from the Leeville entrance to the Old LA 1 exit to maintain access. DOTD is also maintaining road access on the West Larose Lift Bridge on LA 1 over the Intracoastal Canal in Larose.
- Port Fourchon Harbor Police will be patrolling the elevated LA 1 Expressway to monitor roadway conditions and maintain a safe route for travelers. Please slow down and allow extra time to drive cautiously.
We will continue to monitor this winter weather and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues affecting port and airport.
Storm Season lasts from June 1 through November 30 of each year.
The Port Commission understands that from the time a hurricane or tropical storm is projected to enter the gulf until facilities in the port are operational again, daily information on weather forecasts, preparation measures, evacuations called, etc. is imperative to businesses operating within and around Port Fourchon.
To keep our tenants and port/airport users informed, the Port Commission has instituted numerous ways to get up-to-date storm-related information as it pertains to Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport.
DURING A STORM THREAT:
The Port Commission’s Weather and Storm Info webpage will be updated regularly with current storm information.
If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, faxes and/or text messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for email notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.
CLICK HERE for a link to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Remaining In-Port Checklist (RIPC) form, which is part of the Coast Guard’s Hurricane Contingency Port Plan, to be completed if your vessel chooses to stay in port during a storm event.
CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATING FORMS:
It is important to make sure the Port Commission has current contact information for all businesses in Port Fourchon and at the South Lafourche Airport. Please use the following forms to update your contact info.
Click NOTIFY ME at the top of this website to sign up for updates, or CLICK HERE for a printable Public Information Update Signup form (for port users and the general public).
CLICK HERE for a Directory Listing Contact Info form (for port/airport tenant companies).
CLICK HERE for an Emergency Notification/FSO Contact Info form (for port/airport facilities’ FSOs only).
2017 ANNUAL HURRICANE MEETING PRESENTATION INFO:
CLICK HERE for the 2017 Hurricane Readiness Meeting Presentation.
CLICK HERE for GLPC’s Storm Phases.
CLICK HERE for a link to the Lafourche Parish Reentry page.
CLICK HERE for a refresher on how to update your company’s Lafourche Parish Re-Entry information.
GENERAL WEATHER AND STORM PREP LINKS:
CLICK HERE for Port Fourchon’s Current Weather Conditions.
CLICK HERE for South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport’s Current Weather Conditions.
CLICK HERE for Lafourche Parish Government’s Office of Emergency Preparedness website, which includes storm recovery information for Lafourche Parish residents.
CLICK HERE to visit the South Lafourche Levee District website for information on South Lafourche levees, floodgates, and locks.
CLICK HERE for NOAA’s Port Fourchon Tides and Currents Webpage.
CLICK HERE for US Coast Guard Port Waterway Status, Safety Alerts, Notice to Mariners, & Marsec Level.
CLICK HERE for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, or call 225-925-7500.
CLICK HERE for Entergy’s website, which includes their “Storm Center” and an interactive map to view power outages in your area, or call 800-ENTERGY or 800-9OUTAGE.
CLICK HERE for Louisiana State Police information on state and federal highway road closures, sorted by parish, street, and troop, or call the LSP Road Closure Hotline at 800-469-4828.
CLICK HERE for the National Hurricane Center Website.
CLICK HERE to see a wind speed and direction map of the United States that allows you to zoom in on specific areas.
CLICK HERE for FEMA’s emergency preparedness and recovery website.
CLICK HERE for information on FEMA individual federal and state disaster assistance for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance, or call 800-621-FEMA.
CLICK HERE for information on Small Business Administration federal low-interest disaster loans, or call 800-659-2955.
CLICK HERE to apply for FEMA Disaster Unemployment Assistance, or call 866-783-5567.
CLICK HERE to visit the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Website for information on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry operations during storms.
CLICK HERE for the American Red Cross.
CLICK HERE for the Salvation Army.