MYRLTE GROVE, La. – South Plaquemines Parish residents and business owners flooded out from Hurricane Isaac lined up at a checkpoint in Myrtle Grove early Monday morning for an opportunity to see their storm-damaged properties.
A steady stream of traffic began entering the parish early Monday. Those trying to re-enter south Plaquemines were escorted by police.
“What we want to do is let people check their property,” said Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish president. “Power in the South Bend is going to be sometime. The good news is that it is going to be weeks, not months.”
“We still have a lot of area under water down there,” said Nungesser at the checkpoint.
With the police escort, residents, business owners and workers will be able to return home from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. They will be escorted back out from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Those reentering the parish will need proof residency, proof of business ownership. The returning residents will travel along the Mississippi River levee.
The Ironton area, Nungesser said, still has water and a great deal of debris piled up against the homes. The water is 4-5 feet in some areas.“We’re asking people to not try and crawl through that debris."
“Diamond South is dry, (but) the power is out,” said Nungesser. “You see a few generators going down. Hopefully to get some of the stores up and running in the south end, so that those people will have access to food and gas.”
After the caravans go through, construction crews will have to work on and reestablish the river levee. Issac put a lot of debris on the levee and left soggy spots, said Nungesser.
“It’s a real difficult situation to work with with that one lane (on the levee),” said Nungesser.
Officials added that the ban of alcohol sales in Plaquemines Parish has been lifted, and the dusk to dawn curfew has been lifted north of the Alliance Refinery on the west bank.
There is a POD site set up at at Idlewild, 11422 Hwy 23 in Belle Chasse, the Port Sulphur fire Station at 114 Civic Dr., and the Boothville-Venice Fire Station at 42661 Highway 23 daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for water, ice and MREs.