Sunday, October 25, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish - A strong low pressure system is traveling from the western Gulf through Louisiana dumping heavy rainfall throughout the region. Repeated and prolonged heavy rainfall up to 4 to 7 inches is expected to impact the area through tomorrow. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of Southeast Louisiana including St. John Parish and southern Mississippi through 1 pm Monday. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out during this time.
With already saturated grounds, excessive rainfall is producing street flooding in low-lying areas and roadways. The break in rainfall should allow functioning to return to normal; however, there is the potential for additional street flooding in some areas throughout the day. Residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems IMMEDIATELY. Please use caution when venturing outdoors or operating vehicles in heavy rainfall.
All departments are working and Emergency Operations staff is monitoring the weather system closely and in contact with the National Weather Service. Public Works and Utilities crews are out accessing the Parish and working on drainage and utility systems.
Stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in the forecasts as this system moves through the state. 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 www.sjbparish.com and clicking on “Stay Connected.”