Monday, April 14, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish- A vigorous storm system will move into the region today through this evening with deep moisture producing a threat of severe thunderstorms across Southeast Louisiana. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood watch for St. John the Baptist Parish until 11:00 p.m. tonight due to the chance of heavy rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts possible impacting our area in short periods of time.
Other threats from the severe thunderstorms include strong, possibly damaging winds, large hail and possibly an isolated tornado. A wind advisory has been issued for our area until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday with the possibility of winds to range from 25 mph to 35 mph. Low-lying areas that experience heavy rainfall from thunderstorms in a short period of time may experience street flooding. Please dial 911 to report high water or any emergencies so calls may be directed to the appropriate department and a record established.
In an effort to prepare for the inclement weather, Public Works crews are checking on all pumping stations ensuring they are operable and filled with fuel as well as cleaning catch basins through the Parish. 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 inclement weather.
Residents are advised to monitor weather stations for updates and changes in the forecast. Please 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.comand clicking on "Stay Connected."