St. John Parish continues to fight the effects of Tropical Storm Lee as it lingers over Southeast Louisiana. The forecast for tonight is not expected to change significantly as bands of rain will move through the area tonight and tomorrow with winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts of 50 mph. St. John Parish remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, a flash flood watch, and a tornado watch until further notice.
Public Works and Utilities crews worked throughout the day responding to 911 calls to remove trees and tree branches from ditches and roadways, barricade flooded areas, and remove drainage obstructions. As the drainage system approached maximum capacity and tidal flooding increased north of Airline Hwy., episodes of storm water intrusion into the waste water system began to increase. “Representatives of the Utilities’ Department are advising residents to avoid unnecessary uses of water to reduce the strain on the wastewater system,” stated Parish President Robottom.
Tidal flooding remains the number one concern of parish officials at this time. Frenier Rd., Peavine Rd., Hwy. 51 to Ruddock, and all off ramps to LaPlace from I-10 and I-55 are all closed due to high water. The following roads remain open, but are experiencing tidal flooding:
1. River Forest Subdivision (north of Surrey)
2. Farm Rd.
3. Belle Grove Dr. (west side)
4. Robichaux Dr. (end of street)
5. Foxwood Ln.
6. Cane Dr.
7. Cambridge Dr. (rear streets)
8. New Hwy 51 to I-10
9. Homewood Dr.
10. Sawgrass Dr.
With tides continuing to rise in Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, residents are asked to proceed with caution in areas with high water. Traveling through water with high rates of speed can cause excessive wakes and flooding of homes. Residents are also asked to call 911 to report street flooding and threats to homes, downed power lines, trees or any other problems. All unnecessary traveling should be avoided.
Crews will remain on-site throughout the night, as well as Monday during the day to address problems as they occur. Residents are reminded that sandbags will be available again tomorrow beginning at 7:00 AM. Stay tuned to the Emergency Alert System at www.sjbparish.com, Channel 15, and local news and weather stations for updates.