ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - As Tropical Storm Karen continues to weaken and move north, the Tropical Storm Watch for St. John the Baptist Parish has been discontinued. Storm surge levels for St. John have decreased to 1 to 2 feet and 1 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected tonight through Sunday morning. Wind speeds of 20 to 25 mph remain the greatest threat to the area with possible tropical storm gusts. As with any threat of severe weather, the possibility of tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Residents should prepare for the possibility of downed trees and tree limbs that could result in outages. Residents are encouraged to monitor water levels in their neighborhoods and move vehicles to higher ground if necessary. With water levels on Lake Pontchartrain above normal, water is covering Hwy 51 at Ruddock and Peavine Road and street flooding could occur with heavy rainfall within a short period of time.
The St. John Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is currently partially activated monitoring the storm. Residents with non-emergencies can call the St. John Emergency Operations Center overnight at 985-652-2222. For all emergencies and to report high water please dial 9-1-1.