St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Mississippi River Levee Notification 2

Mississippi River Levee Notification 2

Friday, January 08, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish – Today, Friday, January 08, 2016, Parish President Natalie Robottom declared a State of Emergency for St. John the Baptist Parish. The declaration is precautionary, but allows parish officials the ability to access all necessary resources available, should they be needed. Top Administrative staff and the Emergency Preparedness Office are in daily communications with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Pontchartrain Levee District, and the Lafourche Basin Levee District monitoring the river water levels.

As of today, the US Army Corps of Engineers plan to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Plans to open the Morganza Spillway are still in discussion.

At this time, the river gauge in the Mississippi River at Reserve indicated a water level of 21.64 feet. Currently, there is no structural flooding within the levee system and NO FLOODING IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS. The National Weather Service's contingency forecast is for the river to crest at 24 feet in Reserve January 12, 2016.  

Levee inspection teams from the Pontchartrain Levee District and the Lafourche Basin Levee District are patrolling the levees looking for deficiencies, seepage, and prohibited digging within 1,500 feet of the levees. Unauthorized vehicles are prohibited on the levees.

Please be reminded of the US Army 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.
  • Driving on the river levees is prohibited.
  • Biking and walking on the levee are discouraged at this time due to safety concerns.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please stay tuned to the government access channel (15 Comcast/RTC, 99 U-Verse),, and the news media for updates.