Friday, August 12, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Parish – Although the threat of severe weather seems to be diminishing, portions of Southeast Louisiana including St. John Parish is under a Flash Flood Watch until 7:00 a.m. Sunday as a low-pressure system travels across the gulf coast. Flood advisories may also arise as the weekend persists. St. John Parish has experienced close to 5 inches of rainfall since Wednesday and an additional 4-8 inches of rainfall may be expected through Sunday with locally higher amounts possible.
Residents should continue to monitor news outlets and weather stations for changes and updates in the forecast. Public Works and Utilities are utilizing breaks in the rainfall to unclog drains and catch basins and residents are advised to do the same. Due to highly saturated grounds, street flooding is possible where multiple thunderstorms occur in a short period of time.
Motorists should remain vigilant on roadways and never attempt to drive down flooded streets. If traveling out of the area, please dial 511 to be advised of state road closures. Most importantly, residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems IMMEDIATELY.
Sandbags are available at the locations listed below. At this time, residents are limited to 10 bags per person. Bags are on site, but please remember to bring a shovel and do not take additional empty bags.
Residents are also being asked to minimize the amount of discharge placed into the wastewater system in an effort to prevent overflows and allow the systems to catch up. Activities such as washing clothes, running dishwashers, flushing toilets and all other activities that discharge a large amount into the collection system should be limited until further notice. Taking showers and baths are not included in the conservation measures.
The St. John Office of Emergency Preparedness and Communications Office remain in contact with the National Weather Service and will provide updates as needed. Please sign up to receive personalized emergency notifications to your home, cell and email by clicking Stay Connected on the St. John Parish website. Updates are also reported on Facebook, the St John website at sjbparish.com and Government Access Channel (15/99).