Friday, August 24, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Following the Friday afternoon update from the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Isaac is better organized, moving toward the northern gulf between the Mississippi coast and the far western Florida panhandle with an uncertain forecast track.
The latest forecast indicates Tropical Storm Isaac making landfall along the northern gulf coast Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane; however, as the system progresses and intensifies, the path can change at any time. If the current forecast holds true, there is a chance of receiving tropical-storm-force wind effects and associated rainfall in St. John Parish early Tuesday morning. “The system is uncertain and many changes could occur,” said EOC Director Jobe Boucvalt. “We are asking residents to please stay tuned to local weather stations and forecast.”
Due to the uncertainty of the storm, it is important to begin preparing now. The St. John Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is in contact with the NWS and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and is monitoring weather models in the event changes in the forecast occur. The Public Works and Utilities' crews are being kept abreast of the forecast and have made preparations to water, wastewater, and drainage pumps, culverts, catch basins, and other emergency equipment. Residents are being asked to keep loose debris off the ground and out of the streets. Assistance in keeping catch basins clean will prepare our drainage systems for possible flooding in low-lying areas.
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, if necessary, 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.
For any questions or concerns, please call the office of Emergency Preparedness at 985-652-2222.