[StBernard] News Release (Region 6): Hurricane Gustav Response Update

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Sep 3 22:43:52 EDT 2008

Hurricane Gustav Response Update

(Dallas, Texas - September 3, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ)
are working together to assess damage in the Hurricane Gustav impacted areas
of southern Louisiana.

EPA has deployed response personnel to the FEMA coordination center in Baton
Rouge and other locations near Lafayette.

The first joint reconnaissance flight showed no emergencies at facilities
and structural damage in limited areas. A team of EPA water experts was
deployed today to assist state officials with assessments of drinking water
and waste water plants in Louisiana. Boil water notices have been issued by
many parishes until power has been restored. Check with your local system
for instructions and warnings.

Helpful information on drinking water, private water wells, generator safety
and precautions in returning home is available to the public at local
assistance centers and the EPA Web site at www.epa.gov/hurricane
<http://www.epa.gov/hurricane_> . For information about the LDEQ's
activities, visit http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/
<http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/_> .

For more information, media may contact Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at
214-665-2200 or r6press at epa.gov

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