WHEREAS, Hurricane Lili has caused extensive damage in the parish of Evangeline;
WHEREAS, the residents of Evangeline Parish need all available assistance in order to clean-up the debris left by Hurricane Lili;
WHEREAS, the parish governing authority of Evangeline Parish may have regular employees who may be available to assist in the clean-up of the debris left by Hurricane Lili; and
WHEREAS, the parish president of Evangeline Parish has requested that this executive order be issued;
NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, and in particular, the Louisiana Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Regular employees of the parish of Evangeline who may be available to assist in removing debris left by Hurricane Lili shall have the authority, at the discretion of the parish president of Evangeline Parish, to perform work on private property in order to expedite the clean-up efforts.
SECTION 2: Prior to the performance of any work on private property as contemplated by this Executive Order, an agreement shall be executed by the owner of the land upon which such work is to be performed whereby the landowner shall agree to hold the state of Louisiana and the parish of Evangeline harmless from any and all claims for damage which may in any way arise from such work performed on the private property.
SECTION 3: As to all work performed on abandoned property, the parish officials of Evangeline Parish shall make a special effort to identify and document any and all damages which have occurred to the abandoned property prior to the clean-up or removal of debris.
SECTION 4: As to any and all work performed on private property, the parish officials of Evangeline Parish shall limit employee work activity time on said private property to normal working hours.
SECTION 5: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with Evangeline Parish officials in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 6: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 21st day of October, 2002.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State