St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Tropical Storm Karen Update 2

Tropical Storm Karen Update 2

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.  

Road/Highway Closures

  • ·         No roads closed
  • ·         High water on the Hwy 51 at Ruddock. 
  • ·         For more information about state highways closures- or dial 5-1-1.

Power Outages

  • ·         No outages reported
  • ·         Report outages at 1-800-9OUTAGE or

Garbage Service

  • ·         Saturday collection will begin at 3:00 a.m.
  • ·         Garbage concerns can be forwarded to 651-536-2750. 
  • ·         Vegetative debris can be delivered to the incinerator located on Airport Road in Reserve on Saturday, October 5, 2013.


·         Sandbag locations will remain open until dark & re-open tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.

  •   Belle Terre Land (front of Foxwood Subdivision) - LaPlace
  •   St. John Community Center -  LaPlace
  •   425 Captain Bourgeois (pre-filled sandbags for elderly & disabled only)
  •   Fire Station #94 -  Pleasure Bend
  •   Fire Station #62 on Railroad Avenue - Reserve
  •   Airport Road -  Reserve
  •   Fire Station #71 on Historic West St. - Garyville
  •   Old Second Ward High School -  Edgard

Stay Connected

  • ·       Please stay tuned to local weather stations,, St. John Government Access Channel, Facebook and twitter for updated information.
  • ·       Residents can also dial 2-1-1 for state emergency information.
  • ·       Dial 9-1-1 after hours to report concerns.