St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Hurricane Isaac Enters St. John Parish, Heavy Rainfall Expected Tonight

Hurricane Isaac Enters St. John Parish, Heavy Rainfall Expected Tonight

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – 11:30 p.m.

Tropical Storm Force Winds arrived in St. John the Baptist Parish with wind speeds of up to 40 mph and expectations of reaching 55-70 mph. Emergency Responders, Parish Employees and Entergy crews are no longer responding to calls due to increased wind speeds and rain. Tropical Storm Force Winds will continue across the area for the next 24-36 hours in most locations. Heavy rainfall of up 10 to 15 inches is anticipated through Wednesday.

The effects of Hurricane Isaac are being felt as there are several downed trees and approximately 1700 power outages throughout LaPlace. The Office of Emergency Preparedness is working closely with law enforcement, fire departments, Entergy, and other state agencies as Isaac moves through St. John Parish.

St. John the Baptist Parish has been under a State of Emergency since 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 26. Hurricane Isaac is currently classified as a Category 1 Hurricane, with weather impacts intensifying through the night. The parish remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Flash Flood Watch. A Tornado Watch has been extended until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning and may be further extended at that time.

Wind gusts, squalls and Hurricane Force Winds will accompany Isaac as the storm moves closer. These forces are expected to last between 6 to 10 hours. Tides are rising at Lake Pontchartrain due to the extended duration of Tropical Storm Force Winds. Currently, Peavine Road is closed due to high water. All other low-lying areas are tolerating weather conditions at this time.

• St. John the Baptist Parish is under a curfew for all residents and businesses until further notice. All residents should remain inside until notified otherwise. All businesses in St. John the Baptist Parish will be closed until further notice.

• Hwy 628/West 5th Street between Dosier Court and Sycamore Loop in LaPlace due to a fallen tree
• Peavine Road is now closed due to high water
• Reserve/Edgard Ferry is now closed due to Tropical Storm force winds
• The Veterans Memorial Bridge will remain open through the storm. Residents should use caution during high wind speeds. Law Enforcement will not rescue motorists during the storm.
• Hwy 90 in St. Charles Parish is closed in St. Charles Parish at the West bank Diversion
• Airline Highway is currently closed on each side at the St. Charles/Jefferson Parish line

• According to Entergy, approximately 1700 power outages are being experienced throughout St. John the Baptist Parish at this time.
• Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at
• Entergy crews will not respond to calls until wind speeds decrease.
**Residents should not touch downed power lines as they may be active.

• All businesses are closed until further notice.
• River Parish Hospital remains open with a fully staffed emergency room.

• All St. John the Baptist Parish Schools and Government Offices will remain closed through Wednesday, August 29.

• For emergencies, resident should call 9-1-1
• Residents can call 985-652-2222 or 2-1-1 for emergency information

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