St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Mississippi River Water Levels on the Rise Resulting in Restrictions

Mississippi River Water Levels on the Rise Resulting in Restrictions

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Mississippi River water levels are currently rising as a result of increased water flow from the Midwest.  Today, the Carrollton gauge located in New Orleans reads river levels at 13.54 feet and is forecasted to crest near 14 feet on May 22.  Flood stage at the Carrollton gauge is 17 feet.  Normal river activity is ongoing and residential areas are currently not forecasted to be impacted by this flooding. 

St. John the Baptist Parish Administration, St. John Parish Fire Services, and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office are continuing to monitor water levels that may have a potential impact in the Parish and are in communications with the United States Corps of Engineers (USCAE), the Pontchartrain Levee District (PLD), and the Lafourche Basin Levee District. The PLD will continue inspections of the Mississippi River levee until the event subsides.  Currently there are no issues reported as a result of the rising water levels.

St. John Parish Administration in connection with the PLD and the Lafourche Basin Levee District would like to notify the public of restrictions regarding the river levees in St. John Parish in connection with ongoing high water conditions.

Those conditions mean:

• No digging activity and/or subsurface work of any kind is allowed within 1,500 feet of the levee centerline. This includes, but is not limited to pile driving, excavation and trenching.

• Driving on the river levees is prohibited.

• Inspection teams from the Army Corps of Engineers, Governor's Office Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and levee districts are monitoring the levee system throughout the day, seven days a week. In order to carry out the necessary assessments and operations, there will be zero tolerance for unauthorized parking and driving on the levees.

St. John the Baptist Parish will continue to monitor the situation and will advise of any changes as conditions warrant.

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