City of Slidell Prepares for Ida

Palm Lake Top Priority

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 9:14am

As of 7:30 am morning, Hurricane Ida is predicted to slip slightly west, possibly making landfall in Mobile, Alabama. Once ashore, the storm is expected to take a turn to the east and quickly downgrade to a tropical depression. (Exact track is still undetermined.)

In Slidell, weather is expected to get bad around 3 to 4 pm and will remain unstable throughout the night. Tides are expected to be 2-1/2 to 3 foot above normal, which is predicted to cause localized flooding in low-lying areas, including the Palm Lake subdivision. High tide will occur around 11 pm. Wind will be 35-40 mph with sustained gusts. A total of 3 to 5 inches of rain is expected.

According to Mayor Ben Morris, “Palm Lake is a main priority, as is lower Slidell.” He explained that a sandbag station will be set up at Lee Street and Pontchartrain Drive and will open others if necessary.

Regarding pump stations, all water has been pumped down. All stations are working except one of three pumps at the Old Barn in Slidell. Parts are being shipped in this morning and all three are expected to be online today.

Extra city personnel and police will be on hand. Extra units will be on patrol at the Palm Lake subdivision and south Slidell.

By tomorrow morning, weather should begin to clear up.

Next briefing will be at 2:00 pm.