Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM
As a result of the weather system in the gulf, a flash flood watch is in effect for St. John the Baptist Parish through Sunday evening. Local officials are monitoring the system and are in regular communications with the National Weather Service.
Residents can expect well organized and torrential rains of 1 to 3 inches per hour to move in the area today and remain through Sunday evening causing flooding in the area. Localized, higher amounts of rain of 15 to 20 inches are possible over the next five days depending on future developments of the gulf system. “Although the exact forecast is uncertain at this time, we are continuously monitoring the system and preparing for a severe weather event and flooding. Residents are encouraged to make preparations and stay tuned for future weather updates,” stated Parish President Robottom.
President Robottom is requesting assistance from residents in cleaning out catch basins and storm drains to assist with drainage due to anticipated heavy rains. They should also avoid placing debris in ditches, drainage canals, and on the side of the road that may impede drainage or become projectiles. Employees in the Public Works and Utilities departments have started the process of removing tree limbs, blowing out culverts and checking all pump and lift stations throughout the parish.
There has been no change in the status of the smoke from the marsh fire in New Orleans East; however a rain event should help extinguish the fire and lessen the smoke. Until the fire is extinguished, directional wind changes will determine the location and impact of the smoke. Residents should continue to use caution when going outside. Sensitive groups, including active children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion.
Please tune in to your local weather stations and sjbparish.com throughout the day for weather updates.