September 23 @ 11:00 a.m. – Ida Recovery Phase, Update 20
GLPC STORM RECOVERY PHASE
September 23, 2021
Port Fourchon’s Recovery Phase continues post-Ida as we make continual progress.
- BAYOU LAFOURCHE: Bayou Lafourche remains closed to marine traffic north of Leeville as multiple crane barges work from north and south clearing out the sunken vessels located in the navigable channel. The Port Commission has been collaborating with Coast Guard officials to consider opening Bayou Lafourche in segments as obstructions are removed, working section by section until the bayou is fully cleared for traffic. This may occur as soon as today if weather and circumstances allow. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, we ask that all vessels remain clear of salvage work areas until they are officially declared open. Before any portion is opened, however, the Corps of Engineers will do another channel survey to ensure that there are no obstructions in the channel. They are planning to begin that today (9/23).
ACCESS TO PORT FOURCHON: OPEN
- ROADWAYS: Roadways are clear to and within Port Fourchon. Please use caution when traveling recently cleared roadways. LA 1 to Grand Isle has limited access for property and business owners and emergency services.
- PORT WATERWAYS: The US Coast Guard has set Port Fourchon as Port Condition: Normal with Restrictions. Both Belle Pass and Port Fourchon waterways are open for 24/7 operations.
- CURFEW: Nightly curfew hours are 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for the 10th Ward of Lafourche Parish (from the Intracoastal Canal in Larose to the Lafourche/Jefferson parish line near Grand Isle), including Port Fourchon, with the exception of nighttime deliveries.
- NIGHTTIME DELIVERIES: Port Fourchon is allowing overnight deliveries if needed by port tenants, but the Port Fourchon Harbor Police are maintaining a checkpoint on Hwy. 3090 to ensure the safety and security of the port and its users. Nighttime delivery drivers should be prepared to give the following information at the checkpoint:
- What dock or facility they are visiting
- Who is accepting delivery there (contact person)
- Drivers may be asked to show manifests or delivery orders
- TENANT FACILITIES: Port tenants have been given full access to return to their facilities, and several tenants have either returned to operations or are readying themselves for operations in the port. Tenants’ employees should contact their employers for specific information on returning to work in Port Fourchon.
- DEBRIS: Port businesses are asked to continue stacking storm debris within the footprints of their facilities so as not to impede access by utility workers getting services restored in port. While there is no debris staging area in port, the port commission is making arrangements for a ONE TIME PASS for large-scale debris pickup once utility work is done and public rights-of-way are cleared for use. Stay tuned for an update sharing details. We will give port tenants time to collect their debris and move it to the roadside ahead of the debris pickup date. The remainder of your facility’s debris is thereafter your responsibility. Please do NOT place debris along the side of the roadway until you are cleared to do so.
- POWER: Entergy’s estimated restoration date for Lafourche Parish is September 29. There are currently over 700 linemen in Port Fourchon working on restoring power to the port.
- WATER: The Lafourche Parish Water District has restored water supply to Port Fourchon. Please report any outages or possible leaks to the Water District at 985-532-6924.
- COMMUNICATIONS: Most cell service has been restored.
- COMMERCIAL FUEL: Stone Fuel, C-Port Stone, Martin 16, and Harvey Fuel are all operational.
- FOOD, GAS, & SUPPLIES: There are no convenience stores, gas stations, or restaurants open at this time.
- EMERGENCY SERVICES: Fire and emergency services have been established in Port Fourchon, and Port Fourchon Harbor Police are continually working security for the area from a law enforcement perspective.
- SOUTH LAFOURCHE FLOODGATE/LOCK OPERATIONS: The South Lafourche Levee District has resumed its regularly scheduled openings at both the Ted Gisclair Floodgate in Larose and the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow. Visit www.slld.org for more information.
- GREATER LAFOURCHE PORT COMMISSION ADMINISTRATION OFFICE: We’ve moved! Temporarily. Due to storm damage to our GLPC Admin office building at 16829 East Main Street, we have relocated to the newly acquired building directly behind GLPC Admin. Our temporary physical address is 131 East 91st Street, Cut Off, LA 70345. Our phone numbers remain the same.
Thank you for your support in getting us all back to business safely in Port Fourchon.