PRESS RELEASE: Use Caution Traveling Around Work Zones in Tangi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller
HAMMOND—Several hundred recovery service-related vehicles are on the roads across Tangipahoa, and Parish President Robby Miller is asking motorists to yield to these vehicles and drive carefully through these work zones.
“We have National Guard, utility crews, debris contractors, and many other recovery-related workers who do not know our parish,” Miller said, speaking of the many out-of-state crews and large equipment that is being utilized to spark Tangipahoa’s recovery efforts. “These crews are working around-the-clock to help us bounce back from Hurricane Ida, and we are asking our citizens to help us help them work safely while they are in our area.”
Miller said there are 1,100 National Guardsmen along with two 1,500 member base camp teams of utility workers housed and actively dispatching out of Tangipahoa. That does not count RSA activity and debris trucks which are also rolling.
“We have so many people here doing their best to help us,” Miller said. “One way we can help them is to move over when we see them on the road. Give them a wide berth so they can work safely. Some of these crews will be hauling very large equipment, and because they are not familiar with our area, they may need to stop and ask for directions. Please be kind to them, offer them any information they need. If you see flashing lights, please yield to them and give them the room they need to maneuver on some of our smaller roadways.”
Miller said that may mean planning a little extra drive-time on commutes.
“Let’s do our part to help them help us,” Miller said.