Monday, August 27, 2012 - 11:10 A.M.
Tropical Storm Isaac continues at a slow-moving speed of 14 mph in warm gulf waters, and St. John the Baptist Parish remains under a Hurricane Warning.
It is projected to most likely make landfall as a strong Category 1 hurricane near the southeast pass of the Mississippi River Tuesday evening. Tropical Strom force winds of 60-80 mph with gusts up to 100 mph could begin as early as Monday night or Tuesday morning, and could persist for 20-24 hours. These winds could result in downed trees and power outages. Residents can report power outages at 1-800-9OUTAGE. Residents should plan for extended power outages. Currently, a total rainfall of 10- 15 inches is possible in Southeast Louisiana which includes St. John the Baptist Parish.
Residents should plan for tidal surges from Lakes Pontchartrain, Maurepas, and Lac Des Allemands. Heavy rainfall of 9-12 inches over the next 2 to 3 days and high tides could cause possible flooding into already saturated grounds.
Currently a voluntary evacuation is being advised for residents in low-lying areas of St. John the Baptist Parish which includes the following locations:
Peavine and Frenier Rd,
Rear of River Forest,
Northern Main Street including Belle Grove and Robichaux Drive,
Woodland Drive, including Spring Meadow Subdivision, Indigo Lakes, and Ridgewood Subdivision
Rear of LaPlace Park
Reserve areas north of US Highway 61
Residents may also choose to evacuate to areas to the north of the parish. It is important to gather and secure important personal documents, and finalize all plans and preparations by this evening. Be reminded, assistance in removing all loose debris surrounding homes and in catch basins will help clear drainage pathways in preparation for heavy rain.
All public, private, and parochial schools and the South Central La Technical College are closed until further notice. All Parish Government Offices will be closed beginning Tuesday, August 28 along with all State Government Offices. The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center is activated and accepting phone calls at 985-652-2222. Residents are asked to dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or critical information.
Garbage service will continue through Monday; however, service will shut down tonight and remained closed through Wednesday. Service is expected to run Thursday beginning with Tuesday and Wednesday routes. Large piles will not be picked up until after the storm; therefore, residents should secure all debris as much as possible.
Public Works and Utilities crews have prepared all pumps, lift stations, water tanks, and facilities in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac. Assistance in keeping catch basins clean will prepare our drainage systems for possible flooding in low-lying areas.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. today sand and bags are available at the following locations:
Fire Station #53 at 1703 St. Andrews Blvd. in LaPlace
Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643 in Pleasure Bend
Fire Station #65 located at 337 Central Avenue in Reserve
Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St. in Garyville
Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Highway 18 in Edgard
***Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.***
Businesses are being asked to call the Department of Economic Development 985-652-9569 to update all contact information. Following the storm, the Department of Economic Development is requesting reports of any critical damage of all businesses in St. John the Baptist Parish.
The Ashley Kelly Swim Program will be cancelled on Tuesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 30. Lessons will be rescheduled at a later date following the storm. The council meeting schedule for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 has been cancelled. The Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 has also been cancelled.
The Reserve/Edgard Ferry is currently open until further notice. The Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gramercy/Wallace) will remain open until wind speeds reach 45 miles per hour.
Please stay tuned to local weather stations, St. John the Baptist Parish website at sjbparish.com, Government Access Channel 15, Facebook and twitter for updated information. Residents can also dial 2-1-1 for state emergency information.