St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Residents Encouraged to Continue Monitoring Weather

Residents Encouraged to Continue Monitoring Weather

Saturday, August 13, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish - St. John the Baptist Parish has received around 6 inches of rainfall since Wednesday which caused only minor ponding of water in low-lying roadways. St. John remains under a Flash Flood Watch until 7 am Sunday with additional rainfall of 3-6 inches a possibility as a low pressure system travels across the Gulf Coast.

Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Lac des Allemands water levels are reading below 1 foot and do not pose a threat at this time, however drainage canals, pumping systems and wastewater systems continue to be saturated. All roadways are passable; however, residents should use caution as street flooding remains as threat. Residents are advised to stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in the forecast and report any emergencies, street flooding, or other weather related concerns by dialing 911.

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.

  • 425 Captain G. Bourgeois St., LaPlace
  • Fire Station #71 - 418 Historic West St., Garyville
  • Wallace Fire Station - 5733 Hwy 18, Wallace
  • Pleasure Bend Fire Station -  1200 Hwy 543, Vacherie

Residents are also being asked to minimize the amount of discharge placed into the wastewater system to 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.

St. John Officials are in contact with the National Weather Service for changes and updates and Public Works and Utilities crews are working through the Parish and on standby this weekend.  Please 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."