St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Weather Update #11

Weather Update #11

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – 10 p.m.

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 and are riding through the Parish for updates.  Throughout the night, firefighters will monitor water levels in roadways, outfall canals and lakes for comparison purposes and as an indication of potential flooding or rising water.

The National Guard is staging and setting up sheltering at the St. John Community Center should it be needed. Residents should expect to see guardsmen, vehicles and resources in the area.

Water Level Updates:

  • Lake Pontchartrain: 1.43 ft
  • Lake Maurepas:1.71 ft
  • Reserve Canal: Increased some
  • Garyville Canal: Increased slightly to 3.43 ft
  • Blind River: 4.56 ft


Road Closures:

  • Hwy 51 low road high water passed 3 miles of Peavine  
  • Highway 641 is closed in both directions between Interstate 10 and Highway 61 in Gramercy due to high water. 


Sand Bags:

  • Sand and bags are located at Home Depot Parking lot, Captain G. Bourgeois and the Railroad Avenue, Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend Fire Stations
  • 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. 


School/Office Closures:

  • All public, private and Catholic schools are open Thursday, August 18, 2016
  • Parish offices are open Thursday, August 18, 2016
  • State offices are closed Thursday, August 18, 2016

There is still uncertainty with the forecast and 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.