St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Weather Update #16

Weather Update #16

Friday, August 19, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Parish –

  • Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the latest flooding updates and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, their families and their homes from possible back water flooding.
  • A Flood Warning is in effect until Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 3 pm.
  •  Although water seems to be receding in some locations, canals, drainage outlets, ditches and ponds remain saturated.
  • St. John Parish officials continue to actively monitor water levels, roadways and low-lying areas throughout the Parish.
  •  The National Guard, Department of Transportation and Development, Red Cross, Army Corps of Engineers and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are in St. John assisting operations.

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 Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gauge Readings:

  • Garyville = 4.38 (holding)
  • Reserve = 7 inches ( holding)
  • Manchac Pass Lake Maurepas = 1.55 (lower)
  • Lake Pontchartrain = 1.19 (lower)

Sand Bags:

  • Sand and bags will be located at Captain G. Bourgeois and the Railroad Avenue, Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend Fire Stations and are open from from 8 am to 6 pm Saturday. (Limit 25)
  • 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

  • Hwy 51 low road past Peavine is closed
  • Peavine Road has high water

School/Office Update:

  • School Closure – TBD for Monday
  • State offices are closed tomorrow, Saturday, August 20


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
  • NEW – Youtube channel -