Saturday, October 5, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.
Tropical Storm Karen continues to weaken as dry air and wind shear break through the system. The track forecast has shifted slightly west, weakening the impacts for most of coastal Louisiana. Storm surge levels for St. John remain at 1 to 3 feet on Lake Pontchartrain and 1 to 3 inches of rainfall are expected. Wind speeds of 20-30 mph remain a threat to the area.
The height of rainfall and TS Karen should arrive between tonight and early Sunday morning. Although the storm is disapating, residents should continue to prepare for downed trees and tree limbs and possible power outages. With water levels on Lake Pontchartrain above normal, water is covering Hwy 51 at Ruddock and street flooding could occur with heavy rainfall within a short period of time. The St. John Public Works Department has placed generators at cricital pump stations in prepartion for power outages. The Utilities Department has also made interim protection measures for water and wastewater systems.
St. John the Baptist Parish Emergency Operations is partially activated and accepting phone calls at 985-652-2222 until 5:00 p.m. today. Should residents need assistance overnight, please dial 9-1-1.
A voluntary evacuation remains in effect for areas North of I-10 to Manchac. As a precaution, residents in low-lying areas are encouraged to move vehicles to higher ground.
Residents are also asked to assist in removing loose debris and trash in catch basins to assist in preventing blockage in parish drainage systems.
• No roads closed
• High water on the Hwy 51 at Ruddock, road passable
• For more information about state highways closures- www.511la.org or dial 5-1-1.
• No outages reported
• Report outages at 1-800-9OUTAGE or http://viewoutage.enterg.com/la.aspx.
• Vegetative debris can be delivered to the incinerator located on Airport Road in Reserve today until 4:00 p.m.
• Sandbag locations will remain open as weather conditions permit.
o Belle Terre Land (front of Foxwood Subdivision) - LaPlace
o St. John Community Center - LaPlace
o 425 Captain Bourgeois (pre-filled sandbags for elderly & disabled only)
o Fire Station #94 - Pleasure Bend
o Fire Station #62 on Railroad Avenue - Reserve
o Airport Road - Reserve
o Fire Station #71 on Historic West St. - Garyville
o Old Second Ward High School - Edgard
• Please stay tuned to local weather stations, sjbparish.com, 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.