St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John the Baptist Parish Remains Under State of Emergency

St. John the Baptist Parish Remains Under State of Emergency

ACCESS TO ST. JOHN PARISH: Airline Hwy is open from both St. James and St. Charles Parishes.

WEATHER: The storm surge has peaked at Lake Pontchartrain and water levels will begin dropping; however, Lake Maurepas will continue to rise this afternoon. Wind speeds are moving out of the South at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph and are expected to end early this afternoon. St. John will continue to experience rain bands moving through the area.

EVACUATIONS: Over 3300 residents have been rescued and evacuated since Wednesday, August 29. The National Guard, Wildlife and Fisheries, Acadian Ambulance, St. John Sheriff’s Office, and Fire Departments are continuing search and rescue throughout the day.

HOSPITAL: River Parishes Hospital is closed at this time. Information will be released when the hospital re-opens.

CURFEW: The curfew for St. John the Baptist Parish will be TONIGHT beginning at 6:00 p.m. “Residents on roads past 6:00 p.m. will be challenged,” said Sheriff Michael Tregre.

WATER SUPPLY: The St. John the Baptist Parish Utilities Department continues to take action to correct the situation caused by the storm surge at the Ruddock Water Station. The National Guard is assisting with transporting of equipment on Highway 51 to Ruddock.

MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES: I-10 on/off ramps, I-55 on/off ramps, Hwy 51 closed, Airline Hwy at St. Charles Parish/Jefferson Parish line, Belle Terre Blvd, I -310 Eastbound.

POWER: 19,443 customers in St. John Parish remain without power; however, Entergy has begun making assessments of the Parish and have plans to begin restoring power soon!

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