Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.
As a result of the lower water levels near Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, St. John the Baptist Parish has been removed from the Costal Flood Advisory. Although St. John is no longer included in the advisory, the Office of Emergency Preparedness is continuing to monitor the weather and all staff is remaining prepared should the advisory change.
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 continue to be aware of the road and weather conditions throughout the weekend as a precaution.
Also, the National Weather Service is not expecting a heat advisory to be issued; however, the heat index is forecasted to be above 100 degrees on Sunday. 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. If heat-related symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin occur, please seek medical attention.
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.