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Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

With predictions from the National Weather Service of sustained freezing temperatures early next week, St. Tammany Parish Government has instituted its severe cold weather protocol.

“Citizens should prepare now for freezing temperatures early next week. Plan to protect your pets, pipes and plants, and ensure elderly neighbors and family members have a safe and effective way to heat their homes,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Citizens should stay tuned to local weather and monitor road conditions as the temperatures drop.”

The National Weather Service forecast indicates the coldest temperatures in our region will occur early Tuesday and could drop into the low twenties. Wintry precipitation remains in the forecast for late Sunday for areas in the state north of St. Tammany, but forecasters remain uncertain as to whether or not it will reach our area.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Parish’s Department of Public Works has placed designated employees on notice for activation if the weather dictates, and it becomes necessary to prep roads for freezing conditions.

Residents with elderly individuals in their families are asked to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Residents who know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather should plan to check on them during the duration of the predicted winter weather to confirm their safety.

The Department of Animal Services asks pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update September 15, 2020

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government remains prepared.

Update from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center 1 pm 9/15/20

“While we seem to be out of the heaviest impact area, this storm remains slow-moving and meandering at a slow pace, so we ask residents to continue to watch forecasts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center,” Cooper said. “We continue to monitor the situation and will update any changes should they occur. I want to thank citizens for their vigilant preparation.”

September 15, 2020 Emergency Operations Updates:

The St. Tammany Parish Crisis Action Team remains activated at the EOC.

Storm updates including road information will continue to be updated at .

The Department of Public works continues to place high water signage and assist with removal of roadway obstructions as needed.

St. Tammany Parish Government offices will re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 a.m.

The following facilities are expected to re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 unless there are area that need cleanup. Any closures will be posted:

  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge re-open to marine traffic as needed.

STAR TRANSIT will resume services Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Garbage pickup and recycling will resume normal schedules beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Residents should check their waste hauling provider websites for specifics.

The 22nd Judicial Courts will resume operations Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.
View all storm updates
September 14, 2020 Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper
September 14, 2020 Update
View Emergency Declaration here .
September 13, 2020 Update
Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.
September 12, 2020 Update
St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture


Update on Waste Pickup Mayor Mark

As of 2:00pm today, trash pick-up day remains tomorrow (Wednesday). Due to the uncertainty of Sally’s path, it is still subject to change to Thursday. Recycling has been cancelled for this week. – MMJ

Healthy Living Local News

Celebrate May, National Bike Month, At Brooks’ Bike Shop

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May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast.  Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to try biking!

Celebrate National Bike Month by visiting Brooks’ Bike Shop on the Tammany Trace.  Brooks’ Bike Shop is your stop for Rentals, Repairs and New Rides.   Brooks’ is now your dealer for Fuji, Phat, SE, Tuesday and Breezer, plus a full range of used bikes in great condition.  You’ll also find long boards, three-wheelers and kayaks, plus just about any accessory you may need.

Brooks’ Bike Shop is also the World Headquarters of the Covington Bicycle Club, an active local group for bicycling enthusiasts.  For more information about the Covington Bicycle Club, call 985-237-3658 and Patrick will be happy to talk to you.  Brooks’ Bike Shop located 416  E. Gibson.
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Brooks’ Bike Shop Offers Rentals, Repairs & New Rides

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Brooks’ Bike Shop is located at 416 E. Gibson St. (on the Tammany Trace) in historic downtown Covington.   Brooks’ is a full-service bicycle shop featuring new and restored bikes, repairs, rentals and merchandise. Dealer for Fuji, SE, Phat, Tuesday and Breezer, plus a full range of used bikes in great condition at great prices.
Brooks’ Bike Shop carries a full range of accessories and custom items, plus long boards and three wheelers.  Brooks’ also rents kayaks for your next trip to the river!

Brooks’ Bike Shop is also the World Headquarters of the Covington Bicycle Club, the active local group for bicycling enthusiasts.  This month, the Club rides on Thursday evenings, ending up at the Covington Trailhead for the Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series.  For more information about the Covington Bicycle Club, call 985-237-3658 and Patrick Brooks will be happy to talk to you about it.  More information online at

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Covington Progresses in Cleanest City Contest

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The City of Covington is pleased to announce achieving the required score of above 90% necessary to advance to State competition in the 2015 Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Annual Cleanest City Contest, Category F.  District judges toured the City on Tuesday, March 17th, and State judging will take place on Tuesday, April 14th.

Bogue Falaya River

Bogue Falaya River

Every day is Clean City day in Covington according to Mayor Mike Cooper, “Once again, I’m extremely proud of our Cleanest City district recognition and grateful to all who worked so hard to achieve this opportunity to advance to State competition. As a result of the ongoing partnership of the Covington Garden Club, Keep Covington Beautiful, and city departments working alongside each other, in addition to the community support by our residents and businesses, Covington will now head into the LGCF Cleanest City State finals.”

“I met with Mayor Cooper and am positive his commitment to our efforts is 100%. He could not have expressed any more pride and appreciation for our efforts to bring the City together for this cause. Category F is a very competitive group of small cities similar to Covington. The goal to win State is a big one, but if we all continue to strive to show Covington at its best, we can win,” Betty Cronin, Chairperson Covington Garden Club Cleanest City Committee.

For additional information, contact Pam Keller by email, or phone: (985) 898-4715.