St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Tropical Storm Lee Causes Slight Change in Forecast

Tropical Storm Lee Causes Slight Change in Forecast

Friday, September 2, 2011 -- 7:30 PM

As of 1:00 pm today, Tropical Depression #13 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Lee suggesting a slight increase in intensity. The storm remains slow-moving, but it is expected to increase in strength before landfall.

As of the 4:30 pm weather briefing, the primary concern of Tropical Storm Lee is heavy rainfall; however, winds may increase up to 40 - 50 miles per hour with gusts of 60 - 70 miles per hour. Wind speeds at this rate may cause power outages and/or broken tree limbs. “Residents are encouraged to make preparations for the potential loss of power by testing and readying personal generators. They are also encouraged to secure loose items around their homes and monitor storm drains and catch basins for the accumulation of debris that may impede drainage,” stated Parish President Robottom.

Tidal flooding is also a concern as this slow moving storm lingers over the gulf pushing water into Lake Pontchartrain. Peavine Road and the Peavine Boat Launch are currently taking on water and residents have been advised to begin making preparations to leave before the road is impassible. Other roads susceptible to flash flooding include Madewood Dr., Bellevue Dr., Revere Dr., Foxwood Ln., and Belle Terre Blvd. Sandbags were available today and will be available tomorrow between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm at three locations: Reserve Airport, Old 2nd Ward School in Edgard, and the Pleasure Bend Fire Station.

Public Works and Utilities crews will be on hand all weekend monitoring pumps, generators and roadways. They will also be out picking up tree limbs and branches, as well as debris throughout the parish. Residents are asked to stay tuned to the St. John Parish Alert System at, facebook, twitter, local weather stations, Channel 15, and radio stations for weather updates.