St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Weather Update #14

Weather Update #14

Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 9:00 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Parish - The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Warning until Friday at 3 pm for Northern portions of LaPlace, Reserve, Garyville & Mt. Airy, and areas just south of I-10.Residents, especially those in the Flood Warning and low-lying areas in the backs of subdivisions, are encouraged to make preparations at homes and businesses from the threat of backwater flooding.

The flooding event affecting parishes to the north and west of St. John is historical, unprecedented and lacks the data for tracking which all make it very difficult to predict an impact to St. John. However, the Parish is experiencing ponding in ditches, roadways, fields and waterways, drainage outlets and swamps remain saturated.

St. John Parish officials continue to actively monitor water levels and are receiving updates on drainage outlet, Canals, lakes and roadways on the hour. The Emergency Operations center are in contact with the National Weather Service and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for updates and changes.

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 Friday

Gauge Readings:

  • Garyville = 4.25
  • Manchac Pass Lake Maurepas = 1.68
  • Lake Pontchartrain = 1.75
  • Blind River = 4. 87

Sand Bags:

  • Sand and bags are located at Captain G. Bourgeois and the Railroad Avenue, Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend Fire Stations and are open from 8 am – 8 pm.
  • Residents should bring their shovels and help fill more bags for neighbors.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist with filling sandbags at all locations.


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 is open. The I-10 EB Off Ramp and I-10 WB Off Ramp are  closed.

School/Office Update:

  • Public and Catholic Schools are closed tomorrow, Friday, August 19
  • Riverside Academy is open tomorrow, Friday, August 19
  • Parish offices are open tomorrow, Friday, August 19
  • State offices are open tomorrow, Friday, August 19

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.

Resident Preparations:

  • Sandbagging homes and businesses
  • Cleaning drains and removing debris and tree limbs from drains and catch basins
  • Moving vehicles to higher ground and off of street in low-lying areas
  • 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
  • Only travel on roadways with water if absolutely necessary. Vehicles traveling through high water are making wakes which push water near residences.

Emergency Alerts/Information Outlets  

  • Sign up for the Parish emergency alerts to your home, cell phone, email and text messaging device by visiting the homepage of the Parish at and clicking on “Stay Connected” or by calling the office at 985-652-9569.
  • Communication Outlets:, St. John Parish Facebook, Government Access Channel (15/99), News stations and WWL 870 radio station