Monday, August 15, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Parish - At this time, lake and river levels in St. John are being monitored with only slight increases in water levels over the weekend. There is the potential for increased water levels in canals, ditches and drainage outlets in low-lying areas of Garyville and Mt. Airy and Reserve north of Airline Hwy. due to backwater flooding from Blind River and the Maurepas Swamp. Please be advised that this is not a Hurricane Isaac or tidal flooding event, this is backwater flooding.
Sandbags and sand are available at fire stations at Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend. The parish sandbagging operation is ongoing and is located at the Captain Bourgeois location.
We are witnessing historic flooding across the state and are preparing for the possibility of backwater flooding associated with the increased water levels in the Amite River.
While there is no need to panic, residents should remain vigilant in preparing for the possibility of flooding and making preparations for their families, pets and property.
Parish Officials are monitoring weather events and preparing to respond should the need arise and residents are encouraged to monitor weather channels and parish communications outlets for updates to this information.