Monday, October 26, 2015
After nearly 7.5 inches of rainfall in St. John the Baptist Parish caused street flooding and power outages, a Flash Flood Watch remains in place until 1:00 p.m. today and a Coastal Flood Warning has been issued until 7:00 pm due to strong onshore flow and higher than normal tides in Lake Pontchartrain.
With a break in rainfall over night and a shift in wind direction, street flooding has subsided in most areas. Drainage canals throughout the Parish remain full and drainage pumps continue to pump water through the system. Hwy 51 is closed from the I-55 ramps to Ruddock. The right lane of Hwy 51 is also closed from Woodland Dr. to I-10. Motorists can access interstate. Roadways are passable; however, residents should use caution as street flooding remains as threat.
The National Weather Service has forecasted approximate 40% chance of rain, light showers, and heavier wind conditions throughout the day. Any additional rainfall could cause street flooding and canals to overflow onto canal banks and backyards. Strong winds could cause sporadic power outages.
Beginning at 7:00 am, sandbags will be available at 425 Captain G. Bourgeois should residents be threatened by coastal flooding. The Public Works Department will be cleaning drainage canals and catch basins this morning in preparation for additional rainfall. The Utilities Department is also on hand for concerns with infiltration in the wastewater system. Residents are asked to assist with cleaning catch basins in neighborhoods.
Please stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in the forecast and report any emergencies, street flooding, or other weather related concerns by dialing 911.
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."