St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Residents Encouraged to Monitor Tropics & Make Preparations

Residents Encouraged to Monitor Tropics & Make Preparations

Thursday, August 25, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish - St. John the Baptist Parish Officials are in contact with the National Weather Service and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to actively monitor a low pressure system moving through the Bahamas, “Invest 99L.”

According to the National Weather Service, an Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance Aircraft investigated the system and at this time it is showing a great deal of uncertainty with development and possible track. Currently, weather models demonstrate conditions conducive for a 40 percent chance of development into a tropical system over two days and 70 percent chance of development over 5 days.

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected  in our area through the weekend into the beginning of next week. Although organized severe weather is not predicted currently, any additional rainfall or heavy downpours will contribute to already saturated grounds and street flooding in low-lying areas.

Residents should stay engaged to news, weather and communication outlets as the forecasts continue to change and get a game plan in the event the system threatens the Gulf Coast. There are numerous resources residents can visit for assistance with storm planning including the St. John Parish website at,, and

Residents should take several measures now to prepare for potential tropical activity:

  • Assemble an emergency supply kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
  • Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
  • Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
  • Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly. (Individuals with special needs should call the Health and Human Services Office at 985-536-4955.)
  • Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.

To sign up for Parish emergency alerts, visit the homepage of the St. John website at and click “Stay Connected.” Additional information will be released through the Communications Department as necessary and posted on the website, Government Access Channel (15/99) and St. John Parish Facebook page.