Sunday, August 14, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – The National Weather Service is predicting scatted showers and thunderstorms to impact the region including St. John the Baptist Parish through Thursday, August 18, 2016. Due to recent extended rainfall, grounds are saturated, all outfall drainage ditches and canals are full and the sewer system has been inundated with rain water. Although severe weather is not expected, additional rainfall will quickly runoff and contribute to street flooding and potentially flash flooding in low-lying areas and areas near bodies of water or swamps.
Parish Administrators are requesting assistance from residents in cleaning out catch basins and storm drains at homes and businesses to assist with drainage flow. Residents should also remain vigilant in monitoring weather and news stations for continuous updates on conditions and statewide flooding. All St. John roadways are passable; however, residents should use caution as street flooding remains a threat with heavy downpours.
Sandbags are available at the locations listed below. Bags are on site, but please remember to bring a shovel and do not take additional empty bags:
At this time, all government offices and schools are open in St. John the Baptist Parish. However, state offices in Baton Rouge are closed and there are various interstate closures. Motorists should remain abreast of road conditions while traveling and use alternate routes when possible:
The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center remains in contact with the National Weather Service and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for any changes. Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking on “Stay Connected.” Updates will also be posted to the website, Facebook Page and Government Access Channel (15/99).