St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Residents Urged to Remain Prepared as Low-Pressure System Moves Toward Gulf of Mexico

Residents Urged to Remain Prepared as Low-Pressure System Moves Toward Gulf of Mexico

Sunday, August 23, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish – The National Weather Service (NWS) and Parish Officials are continuing to actively investigate Tropical Depression 9 (formerly Invest 99L) –  a low pressure system located just south of the lower Florida Keys moving westward toward the Gulf of Mexico. The system could enter the Gulf of Mexico as early as Monday where conditions are expected to become more conducive for development. The National Weather Service is giving the system an 80 percent chance of tropical storm development over the next 4 days.

Although the track and intensity of Tropical Depression 9 remains uncertain, residents are urged to continue making preparations for possible tropical activity in the event the system threatens southeastern Louisiana. This includes finalizing game plans, evacuation routes and assembling emergency supply kits. Residents should also join officials in monitoring the latest forecasts and weather stations as conditions can change at any time.

Showers and thunderstorms are also predicted to impact the area throughout the week. Flash street flooding could occur where heavy downpours persist in short periods of times.

Preparations 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.

• 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 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.