St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Flash Flood Watch in Effect for St. John Through Monday

Flash Flood Watch in Effect for St. John Through Monday

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Although showers and thunderstorms are currently off the Louisiana coast, a stalled frontal boundary is expected to retreat north this afternoon with the heaviest rain expected for tonight through Sunday night. Three to five inches of rain is expected over the region through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for St. John the Baptist Parish until 1:00 p.m. Monday. With already saturated grounds, excessive rainfall may cause flooding in low-lying areas and roadways. Please use caution when venturing outdoors or operating vehicles in heavy rainfall. Other threats include possible damaging winds, and an isolated tornado.

Public Works and Utilities crews are currently on standby in the event issues arise with drainage and utility systems this weekend. Emergency Operations staff is continuing to monitor the forecast and stay in contact with all crews throughout the weekend. Residents are asked to assist with removing debris from catch basins and storm drains from Friday’s rain in preparation for heavy rainfall this afternoon through Sunday.

Residents should report any issues or concerns during the rain event to 9-1-1. 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 and clicking on “Stay Connected.”