St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Emergency Declaration in Effect for St. John Parish Due to Tropical Storm Warning

Emergency Declaration in Effect for St. John Parish Due to Tropical Storm Warning

Friday, September 2 - 10:00 AM

As a result of Tropical Depression #13 in the Gulf of Mexico, a Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for St. John the Baptist Parish. Parish President Robottom has signed an Emergency Declaration as a result of the forecasted condition to allow parish officials to take precautionary measures and ensure the safety of St. John Parish Residents.

Parish Officials have begun implementing the plan of action for this upcoming weekend. Construction sites have also been visited to ensure contractors have secured all equipment and materials. Public Works crews have traveled throughout the parish to check all pump locations, catch basins, and drains. They have also blown out culverts and removed as many trees as possible. Residents are asked to assist in picking up any loose debris on or around their property. The Utilities Department has also been monitoring all lift stations and generators for the water and wastewater systems.

Due to the possibility of flooding in particular areas, sandbags will be available beginning at noon at the following locations:

1. Airport – 355 Airport Road, Reserve
2. Old 2nd Ward School Site – 3671 Hwy 18, Edgard
3. Pleasure Bend Fire Station – 1200 Hwy 643, Pleasure Bend

There will be assistance at each location; however, residents are invited to bring their own tools to fill their bags as needed.

Tropical Depression #13 will be a slow-evolving and even slower moving system with the greatest risk being very heavy rainfall over the next five days. At this time the wind threat is not as great but could become a more significant issue if Tropical Depression #13 intensifies. Residents in low-lying areas near Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Pleasure Bend should monitor tidal effects on the lakes.