St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Additional Rainfall Expected in St. John Parish

Additional Rainfall Expected in St. John Parish

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:

  • 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

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:


  • I- 12 is closed in both directions. I-12 eastbound is closed from Airline Highway in East Baton Rouge Parish to US 190 in St. Tammany Parish. I-12 westbound traffic is being diverted to southbound US 190 to the Causeway Bridge.
  • I-10 Westbound:  Between Exit 177: LA 30 and Exit 166: LA 42; Highland Road
  • I-10 Eastbound: Exit 163: Siegen Lane
  • Dial 511 or visit for latest road information


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 and clicking on “Stay Connected.” Updates will also be posted to the website, Facebook Page and Government Access Channel (15/99).