Wednesday, August 17, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - The Emergency Operations Staff continues to monitor weather conditions and flood conditions to the north and west of St. John the Baptist Parish. Throughout the night, firefighters monitored water levels in roadways, outfall canals and lakes for comparison purposes and as an indication of potential flooding.
Water Level Updates:
- Garyville Gauge went from 3.04 at 8:00pm last night to 3.29 this morning
-No change in the lake gauge in Lake Maurepas.
-Small changes in Garyville or Reserve, but a 2 inch rise was noted in canals near Highway 51 and Interstate 55 but water is still in the canals.
-St. James reported 4.16 at Blind River and still rising.
- No road closures
-Highway 641 is closed in both directions between Interstate 10 and Highway 61 in Gramercy due to high water.
At this time, sand and bags are located at Captain G. Bourgeois and the Railroad Avenue, Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend Fire Stations. St. John Parish will add more locations to sandbags today and encourage residents to bring their shovels and help fill more bags for neighbors.
No evacuations are ordered at this time. Residents who are elderly, sick or have difficulty managing on their own are encouraged to contact family members and friends and begin making preparations to leave their homes should they need to leave. Other residents with concerns about the elevation of their homes and neighborhoods should move their cars and raise furniture and household items. They should also gather medications and protect important papers and keepsakes.
- All public, private and Catholic schools are closed Wednesday, August 17, 2016
- Parish offices are open Wednesday, August 17, 2016
- State offices are closed Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Although there is absolutely no certainty in the forecast for St. John the Baptist Parish, residents should remain prepared and continuing to monitor weather and communication channels for updates. Parish officials are working with representatives of the Corps, Levee Board and State on modeling and better predictions of water levels. As more information becomes available, it will be released as soon as possible.