St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Flash Flood Watch in Effect

Flash Flood Watch in Effect

Thursday, August 11, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Southeast Louisiana including St. John Parisht until Saturday morning as a result of a slow-moving low pressure system near the Mississippi Coast.  Local officials are monitoring the system and are in regular communications with the National Weather Service.

Residents can expect well organized rains of 4-8 inches through Saturday with locally higher amounts possible. The break in rainfall should allow functioning to return to normal; however, with already saturated grounds, there is the potential for street flooding in some areas throughout the Watch period. Residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems IMMEDIATELY. Sandbags are available at 425 Captain G. Bourgeois in LaPlace.

President Robottom is also requesting assistance from residents in keeping catch basins and storm drains clear at homes and business to assist with drainage. Public Works and Utilities crews have accessed the Parish drainage and utility systems in preparation for inclement weather and will be on standby if any problems arise.

Stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in the forecasts as this system moves through the coast. 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 and clicking on “Stay Connected.