Tuesday, April 14, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish - According to the National Weather Service, the Flash Flood Watch for portions of Southeast Louisiana including St. John the Baptist Parish has been extended until 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. Numerous low pressure systems continue to move across the region bringing the threat of severe weather, including strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfall to the area.
St. John Parish has received 2-3 inches of rainfall in the past twelve hours at the Emergency Operations Center with possible higher amounts elsewhere in the Parish. Street flooding was also reported in low-lying areas. Due to highly saturated grounds, street flooding will continue to be a threat when multiple thunderstorms occur in a short period of time. Residents should use caution when on roads and refrain from driving on flooded streets if possible.
Public Works crews have worked throughout the day clearing roads, catch basins, and drainage systems in preparation for the possibility of additional rainfall. Crews will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the evening and will be on standby tonight in the event a problem arises. Residents are asked to assist with cleaning out catch basins and storm drains during breaks in rainfall to assist with drainage. Please report any issues including standing water to 911.
The St. John Office of Emergency Preparedness is in contact with the National Weather Service and will provide updates as needed. To register for St. John Parish emergency alerts, please visit the homepage of the website at sjbparish.com and click on “Stay Connected.”