The city had been under the boil order after a major water line break Monday along U.S. 90 near Railroad Avenue shut down the city’s water tower for about an hour.
Officials were waiting for water sample cultures from the Department of Health and Hospitals to clear the drinking water system, which they did.
During a morning press conference, Mayor Rodney Grogan said “the traditional method of notification was used,” to alert citizens about the break at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
A phone tree was used to notify administration, city employees and members of the former administrations. Then, the mayor posted to Facebook while crews fanned out into neighborhoods to alert citizens.
Water was turned off from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday. The city was notified by DHH to issue the boil order at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Grogan said.
Calls went out to the nursing home, local businesses, the former city administration and the staff, Grogan said.
The Daily Review was notified of the boil order by e-mail shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Some other local media outlets said they were not notified.
The boil order was rescinded around noon.
“This office did their best and used the best modes,” it could to notify the public “using traditional methodology,” Grogan said.
He noted that the traditional methods need to be updated.
“Tradition is great, but we have to tweak it … the methodology that we used was effective here,” Grogan said.
The city is looking into going back to using the old fire horn to notify residents of problems. Also, the First Call system may be utilized in the future for notifications.
Meanwhile, Patterson residents are urged to update their information with First Call to be notified in case an event affecting them occurs again.
Residents can utilize applications on the St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security Facebook page or on the web site at www.stmaryohsep.org. Residents also can call 337-828-4100, extension 135 or 136 to update information.
“The scale of what took place is only preparation for hurricanes and such,” Grogan said.