St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Mississippi River Levee Notification 1

Mississippi River Levee Notification 1

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The St. John the Baptist Parish Public Safety Department is currently working closely with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Pontchartrain Levee District (PLD), the Lafourche Basin Levee District, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in monitoring water levels on the Mississippi River. 

As of today, the Mississippi River is 19.73 ft in Reserve.  At this time, there is no structural flooding within the levee system and RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE NOT IMPACTED.  Currently the forecast is expecting the river to crest in Reserve on, or around January 12 at 24 feet.  The record flood stage is 26 feet.  At this time, St. John the Baptist Parish Public Safety Department does not anticipate any impact or threat to residents.  Additional communications will be released as changes occur in the Mississippi River Levee operations and the Public Safety Department will remain in contact with local industry.

All guidelines and regulations for St. John the Baptist Parish are made by water levels at the Carrollton gage located in New Orleans.  Teams from the Pontchartrain Levee District and the Lafourche Basin Levee District are currently inspecting the levee for seepage twice a week.  Phase II operations will be implemented when the Mississippi River reaches 15.0 feet at the Carrollton gage in New Orleans.  Phase II operations include daily inspections. 

Please be reminded of the US Corps of Engineers’ Restrictions:  

  • No digging activity and/or subsurface work of any kind is allowed within 1,500 feet of the levee centerline. This includes, but is not limited to pile driving, excavation and trenching.
  • Unauthorized vehicles on the levee is prohibited.

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