Friday, October 23, 2015
According to the National Weather Service, a surface low forecast is expected to develop over the western Gulf of Mexico this weekend and into next week bringing heavy rainfall and higher than normal tides.
Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches may be possible across the State of Louisiana from Sunday through Wednesday with the most rain falling Sunday night and Monday. Higher tide levels of 1 to 3 feet above normal depending on the track and strength of the low pressure are expected at this time. A flash flood watch may be issued during the weather event.
Extensive rainfall coupled with high tides on the Lakes can result in street flooding. St. John the Baptist Parish has notified the Public Works and Utilities Department of the threats of heavy rainfall and high tides. All departments are prepared to respond if necessary. Public Works and Utilities Crews will be on hand in the event any issues occur. Residents should report any emergencies including drainage issues and street flooding to 911.
Residents are asked to prepare their homes and businesses for anticipated heavy rainfall by cleaning catch basins and clearing debris and tree limbs from ditches, yards and the side of the road. Motorists should use caution when on the road and refrain from driving through ponding water.
Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local weather stations for the latest forecasts. 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 sjbparish.com and clicking on "Stay Connected."