Monday, August 22, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - River levels on the Amite are continuing to decrease with levels now in minor flood stage. A persistent drop in river levels is expected and although the threat of backwater flooding remains, water is retreating throughout St. John and dropping in canals and lakes. Northern St. John Parish remains under a Flood Advisory until 3 pm today as water slowly drains.
Officials are in communication with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Levee District and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to ensure there are no negative impacts to the Parish regarding the Alligator Bayou Road Levee breach. The levee will not be authorized for cutting until water levels drop below flood stage and will be controlled for the duration of the event. Authorities have communicated that there should be minimal impacts to our Parish but we are monitoring closely.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are predicted to impact the Parish this week with brief periods of heavy rainfall possible. Due to already saturated conditions, flash flooding could occur in low-lying areas and street flooding continues to be a threat. The National Weather Service is not predicting, a prolonged, widespread heavy rainfall, however.
Sandbag locations have been positioned throughout the parish and remain open at this time. Residents limited to 25 bags of prefilled per person and unlimited fill yourself. Residents are encouraged to store sandbags on properties through Hurricane Season.
Bags are on site, but please remember to bring a shovel:
- Captain G. Bourgeois (8 am - 4:30 pm)
- Railroad Avenue Fire Station
- Garyville Fire Station
- Wallace Fire Station
- Pleasure Bend Fire Station
Please continue to monitor Communication outlets including the Parish website at sjbparish.com, Parish Facebook page at St. John Parish and Government Access Channel (15/99).