Tuesday, January 6, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – In advance of freezing temperatures expected to impact the Parish later this week, residents are advised to take freeze precautions at home and work. Temperatures are predicted to fall into the mid-20s to lower 30s across Southeast Louisiana Thursday morning and remain below freezing in many areas into Friday. Winds of 10 to 15 mph can produce wind chill values near 10 degrees Thursday. The National Weather Service may issue a “Hard Freeze” warning at a later time.
Preparations include wrapping and protecting exposed pipes and bringing inside or shielding sensitive plants, crops, outdoor pets and farm animals. Low temperatures can pose problems to unprotected pipes as well as sensitive vegetation. Motorists should exercise caution when traveling and stay off roads whenever possible. Residents are reminded to always use heating equipment properly to avoid fires.
Public Works and Utilities crews will be on hand in the event issues arise with roadways, water, wastewater and drainage systems. Public Safety and Communication officials are also monitoring weather conditions for the latest updates from the National Weather Service. “This week will bring the coldest weather we have seen all season and it is imperative that our residents stay informed and take the recommended precautions,” said Public Safety Director Jobe Bouvcalt.
Please sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish's website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking "Stay Connected" or contacting the Parish President's Office at 985 652-9569 for assistance.