Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 7:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF 1 tornado touched down in St. John Parish early this morning causing damage to the towns of Edgard and Garyville.
The line of showers and thunderstorms accompanying this tornado dumped approximately 8-9 inches of rain across Reserve, Garyville, and Mount Airy over a four hour period. The National Weather Service predicted the rain would dissipate by early afternoon; however an additional 2 inches of rain fell throughout the day, with the possibility of more tonight. A flash flood watch remains in place for St. John the Baptist Parish until May 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Due to the amount rainfall in a short period of time, drainage and waste water systems are working at full capacity. The break in rainfall should allow functioning to return to normal; however, there is the potential for additional street flooding in some areas later this evening. If conditions worsen, residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems.
Public Works and Utilities crews will continue to monitor weather conditions and assess drainage and waste water systems throughout the evening. All emergency responders are on standby and Entergy is continuing to address isolated power outages. All roads are passable.
Flood victims in Mount Airy are being assisted by Fire Services, Health and Human Services and Public Works employees. The American Red Cross is also providing assistance to those in need.
Residents should stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in weather conditions. They are encouraged to sign up to receive personalized emergency notifications by clicking Stay Connected on the St. John Parish website. Updates are also reported on Facebook and Twitter.