Although heavy rain is not in the forecast for St. John the Baptist Parish, the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory through Saturday as of Thursday morning. East winds of 15 to 20 mph causing minor tidal flooding in low-lying areas is currently the main concern in St. John the Baptist Parish, and is expected to continue through Friday night. Less than one foot of coastal flooding is expected during the high tide period which has been recognized during the afternoon or early evening hours.
As a result, some water has risen on Highway 51 approximately one mile South of the Ruddock exit and on the edges of Peavine Road. DOTD has placed high water signs; however, both roadways and the Ruddock Boat Launch remain open at this time. The local Sheriff’s Office and DOTD are continuing to monitor all low-lying areas and updated information will be released as necessary. Motorists and residents should be aware of the road and wind conditions throughout the weekend.
St. John the Baptist Parish Emergency Preparedness Office, Public Works, Utilities, and staff are also surveying the areas as well as checking pumps, cleaning drains and catch basins. Residents are asked to pick up any loose debris around their homes, and assist the Public Works crews in cleaning out catch basins.
In addition, residents should be aware of the heat index forecasted for Sunday. In the event a heat advisory is issued by the National Weather Service, all residents and laborers working outdoors are encouraged to take frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning, and should also drink water to stay hydrated. Heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can strike at any time. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. “Residents without air conditioning should consider visiting public facilities and/or family and friends with air conditioning. Please check on homebound neighbors throughout the day to ensure their well-being,” stated Emergency Preparedness Director Jobe Boucvalt.
Please stay tuned to local weather stations, Channel 15, and sjbparish.com for weather updates in the forecast. As changes in the forecast occur, updates will be made to the parish website at sjbparish.com, Facebook, and twitter. Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking on the FirstCall-Interactive Network link.
If residents have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 985-652-2222.