Tropical Storm Karen Update
Friday, October 4, 2013 – 6:15 p.m.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - Although Tropical Storm Karen has shifted slightly east, storm forecasts remain the same for St. John Parish. Beginning Saturday afternoon through Sunday, wind speeds of 25 to 35 mph will impact St. John Parish. Rainfall of 2 to 4 inches with 1 to 3 feet of storm surge is estimated for Lake Pontchartrain. The West Bank including Pleasure Bend will experience heavy rainfall and wind. Although not expected, tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
A voluntary evacuation remains in effect for areas North of I-10 to Manchac. Residents in low-lying areas are encouraged to move vehicles to higher ground. Should residents need assistance overnight, please dial 9-1-1. The Emergency Operations Center will be accepting phone calls beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning at 985-652-2222.
Parish crews have prepositioned equipment in preparation of power outages, heavy rainfall, and heavy winds. Should concerns arise, interim measures are in place for the LaPlace water system. While the Parish has been preparing for Tropical Storm Karen, it is imperative that residents take proper measures to prepare their families and homes for unfavorable conditions. St. John Parish will begin feeling impacts of Tropical Storm Karen tomorrow afternoon. Residents should make final family and home preparations for power outages, possible street flooding, and possible downed trees and trees limbs during the storm. Residents are asked to assist in removing loose debris and trash in catch basins to assist in preventing blockage in parish drainage systems.
· Sandbag locations will remain open until dark & re-open tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.