Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for St. John the Baptist Parish until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, as a result of a cold front moving across the region. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to impact the area today and tonight and remain through Tuesday with the greatest threats being heavy rainfall, damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornados.
Residents are asked to remove any debris from catch basins and storm drains to assist with drainage due to anticipated heavy rains through Tuesday. Please avoid placing debris in ditches, drainage, canals and on the side of the road that may impede drainage or become projectiles. Residents should use caution when going outside and when on roads. Please refrain from driving in flooded streets if possible.
The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the weather forecast for any changes. The Public Works and Utilities Department s are prepared for the weather event and are on call in the event problems occur. Residents should report any issues or concerns during rain events to 9-1-1.
Please stay tuned to local weather stations for weather updates and changes in the forecast. 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.comand clicking on the FirstCall-Interactive Network link.