Thursday, April 3, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish – A slow-moving cold front is expected to travel across the region tonight through Friday bringing a slight risk of severe weather to our area. The main threats for tonight into Friday are the possibility of large hail and wind with rainfall accumulation less than one inch.
However, another low pressure system will bring chances of heavier rainfall Saturday through Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts 3- 4 inches of rainfall with the heaviest rain expected late Saturday through late Sunday for Southeast Louisiana. Other threats during the weather event include possible damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. The NWS predicts that a Flash Flood Watch will be issued for the area in advance of the weekend. Residents should be prepared for the ponding of water in low-lying areas and on roadways.
In an effort to prepare for the inclement weather, Public Works crews have begun assessing all pumping stations ensuring they are operable and filled with fuel as well as cleaning catch basins through the Parish. Public Works and Utilities Crews will be on standby throughout the weekend should problems arise. Residents are asked to assist with removing debris from catch basins and storm drains in neighborhoods and avoid placing debris in ditches, drainage canals, and on the side of the road that may impede drainage or become projectiles.
Emergency Operations staff will be in contact with the National Weather Service and emergency personnel throughout the weekend.
Residents should report any issues or concerns during the rain event to 9-1-1. Please stay tuned to local weather stations for weather updates. Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking on “Stay Connected.”