Tuesday, October 27, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Beginning early Sunday morning, a strong low pressure system traveling from the western Gulf through Louisiana dumped more than 7 inches of rainfall in St. John the Baptist Parish. The weather event consisted of heavy rainfall, flooding, strong winds and coastal flooding. Power outages were also reported.
Although flooding is subsiding, Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain water levels remain approximately 3.2 feet above normal. Above normal tides are expected through tomorrow. Once tides decrease, St. John Parish officials expect street flooding to diminish. Sandbags are available at 425 Captain G. Bourgeois through 8:00 p.m. tonight.
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. Residents should use caution when driving through flooded areas. Residents are also encouraged to park vehicles off roadways in low-lying areas.
The wastewater system is currently running at maximum capacity with infiltration and waste overloading the system. Residents are encouraged to continue minimizing the amount of discharge placed into the wastewater system by limiting activities such as washing clothes, running dishwashers, flushing toilets, and all other activities that discharge into the collection system until further notice. Taking showers and baths are not included in the conservation measures and the water system is safe for drinking.
Please stay tuned to local weather stations and dial 911 to report any emergencies, street flooding, or other weather related concerns 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."