St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Weather Update #13

Weather Update #13

Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Parish – St. John Parish experienced heavy rainfall recently in addition to highly saturated ditches, drainage outlets, canals and ponds. Residents should be reminded that when heavy rainfall occurs in a short period of time, street flooding is highly likely in low-lying areas. Please report all street flooding and other concerns to 911.

Residents are asked to continue monitoring the weather, news stations and communication outlets while also making preparations at homes and businesses for potential backwater flooding especially in northern portions of the Parish.

Parish crews remain vigilant in monitoring water levels, lake levels and roadways while also receiving updates hourly from Firefighters throughout the Parish. Residents who wish to get information to their cell phone, text and email should sign up for Parish emergency notifications by visiting the homepage of the St. John website at or calling the Parish office at 985-652-9569.

Emergency Declaration:

  • Parish President Robottom has signed an Emergency Declaration as a result of potential for backwater flooding
  • Emergency Operations Center is activated

Flood Warning:

  • In effect for northern LaPlace, Reserve and  Garyville (far north, near I-10 and North of Airline) until 3 pm Thursday

Residents Asked to Minimize Discharge into Wastewater Collection System

  • The wastewater system is currently running at maximum capacity with infiltration overloading the system.  Residents are encouraged to minimize the amount of discharge placed into the wastewater system by limiting activities such as washing clothes, running dishwashers, flushing toilets, and all other activities that discharge into the collection system until further notice.
  • Taking showers and baths are not included in the conservation measures and the water system is safe for drinking.

Additional Preparations:

  • Make preparations such as filling and gathering sand bags, placing around home
  • Cleaning drains and removing debris and tree limbs from drains and catch basins
  • Low-lying areas should move vehicles to higher ground and off of street
  • Residents who are elderly , sick or having difficulty managing on their own, are encouraged to contact family members an d friends for assistance with preparations
  • Medications, important papers and keepsakes should be gathered
  • Sign up for emergency alerts by visiting and clicking Stay Connected or calling office at 652-9569

Gauge Readings:

  • Garyville = 4.09
  • Manchac Pass Lake Maurepas = 1.67
  • Lake Pontchartrain = 1.45

Sand Bags:

  • Sand and bags are located at Captain G. Bourgeois and the Railroad Avenue, Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend Fire Stations
  • Residents should bring their shovels and help fill more bags for neighbors.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist with filling sandbags.

Road Update:

  • New Hwy 51 , just south of I-10 , the right lanes have water on the shoulders and lanes
  • Intersection of Woodland and Hwy 51 has water
  • Hwy 51 low road passed Peavine is closed
  • Airline at Hwy 641 in Gramercy remains closed

School Update:

  • Schools are open today, Thursday, August 18
  • Parish offices are open today, Thursday, August 18