Alexandria, La. (October 8, 2020) — With anticipated landfall expected Friday night, City of Alexandria workers spent Thursday making final preparations for the possibility of high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Delta.
“We have taken every precaution we can in advance of this storm,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “We just went through a significant challenge with Hurricane Laura, and I was pleased with our overall response. My hope is the damage from this storm will not be as severe, but we are prepared and ready to respond. Just as we have prepared as a city, I encourage residents to do all they can to take the proper precautions to protect their safety and their property.”
The current projected storm path from the National Weather Service forecasts has the storm center passing over the Alexandria area bringing 5-10 inches of rain from the storm as well as wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour.
Self-serve sandbag locations for Alexandria residents will remain open Friday at the Johnny Downs Sports Complex, Bringhurst Field, Frank O. Hunter Park, Cheatham Park and the park by the 911 Center in Martin Park. Pre-made sandbags will be available for elderly and infirm residents from 9 a.m. and will be available as long as weather permits.
The lobby of the Utility Customer Service building on Murray Street will be closed Friday. Customers wishing to make payments may use the drive-thru window or other payment options, including online and the drop box. City buildings will close at 1 p.m., at which time all non-essential personnel will be sent home. ATRANS bus service will conclude at 3 p.m. Friday. Service is expected to resume at noon Saturday, depending on weather and street conditions.
The Alexandria Megashelter is open for evacuees. Utility System Director Michael Marcotte reminds residents that due to COVID-19 concerns and social distancing requirements shelter operations have been modified. “Whenever possible, we are encouraging those residents who may need to evacuate or seek shelter to make arrangements to stay with friends or family members rather than going to a group shelter.”
Marcotte confirmed drainage pumps have been inspected and utility crews are on alert to respond to any power outages or utility service interruptions. Additional temporary drainage pumps are scheduled to be placed on Prescott Street Friday.
Trash collection is scheduled as usual for Friday. Residents are reminded not to place any tree debris or loose trash curbside that could block storm drains and to secure any debris that has not been collected.
If power outages occur as a result of the storm, customers may report outages online through the AlexConnects app or by calling (318) 473-1301. Downed wires, poles, and other equipment should be reported to the Electric Distribution Department at (318) 473-1301. Residents are also reminded to avoid downed lines as they may still be energized. Residents are also encouraged to exercise caution while driving as crews and equipment are clearing debris and making repairs along many roads throughout the city.
The Mayor’s Office will provide updates on the Alexandria City Government Facebook page as well as the city website at www.cityofalexandriala.com.
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