Sunday, August 19, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Southeast Louisiana, including St. John the Baptist Parish, through tonight. Continuous rainfall is expected throughout the day adding to the problems caused by rainfall received in the past 24 hours. During this period of time, the grounds have become saturated, all outfall drainage ditches and canals are full, and the sewer system has been inundated with rain water. All drainage and wastewater pumps are running at full capacity trying to keep up with the persistent rainfall
Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to produce moderate to locally heavy rain across the area in advance of a cold front. Potential rainfall of two to four inches is possible in addition to this morning’s rain event.
St. John the Baptist Parish drainage and utilities crews are out addressing concerns throughout the parish and will remain until all systems are under control. With already saturated grounds, excessive rainfall may cause flooding in low-lying areas. It is expected that once the rain clears the area, all systems will be able to catch-up and residents will be relieved of current flooding and wastewater problems.
Please do not drive vehicles into areas where the water covers the roadway as water depths may be too deep to allow vehicles to pass safely.
Residents are asked to stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in the weather forecast. To report high water or any emergencies, please dial 911 so calls may be directed to the appropriate department and a record established.