Saturday, August 27, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – Residents should continue reviewing hurricane preparedness information and finalizing game plans as officials actively monitor a low pressure system, Invest 99L, currently producing heavy rainfall near the coast of Cuba and the Bahamas. The system remains disorganized and somewhat undeveloped at this time, however, conditions could become more conducive for development when the system moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week. The National Weather Service (NWS) is giving the system a 20 percent chance of development into a tropical depression over 48 hours and 40 percent chance over 5 days. A weak trough of low pressure located south of the Louisiana coast is also being monitored and is projected to impact Texas on Sunday.
Residents should monitor the latest forecasts and make preparations at homes and businesses now for possible tropical activity associated with Invest 99L. With a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms predicted for the area through Sunday, residents are also asked to assist with cleaning up loose debris and tree limbs from yards and drainage outlets near homes. Flash street flooding could occur where heavy downpours persist in short periods of times.
Parish officials remain in contact with the NWS and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for weather updates and changes. All essential Parish personnel are standby in the event issues arise this weekend.
Preparations should include:
• Assembling an emergency supply kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
• Reviewing hurricane evacuation maps, and selecting a route for you and your family.
• Planning how all family members and pets will evacuate safely. • Considering 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.)
• Accumulating Sandbags. Sandbags are available from 8 am – 5 pm this weekend at Captain G. Bourgeois and Railroad Avenue, Garyville, Wallace and Pleasure Bend Fire Stations.
• Staying informed about changing weather conditions.
To sign up for Parish emergency alerts, visit the homepage of the St. John website at sjbparish.com and click “Stay Connected.” Additional information will be released through the Communications Department and posted on the website, Government Access Channel (15/99) and St. John Parish Facebook page as necessary.