Sunday, February 24, 2013
As a result of a strong system moving across the region, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. John the Baptist Parish until 11:00 p.m. Monday, February 25. Beginning tonight, severe weather and locally heavy rainfall are predicted to impact the area with the main threats being flash flooding, damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightening and possible isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service has predicted area wide 2 to 4 inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts possible during weather event. Please use caution when venturing outdoors or operating vehicles in heavy rainfall.
In an effort to prepare for the rain event, residents are encouraged to assist in cleaning up catch basins and drainage systems in the neighborhoods. Public Works and Utilities crews will be on hand in the event issues arise with drainage and utility systems. Residents are asked to call the 9-1-1 Emergency Center to report any issues or concerns during the weather event. The St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is in contact with the National Weather Service to receive the latest weather updates and forecasts.
Please stay tuned to 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 by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at www.sjbparish.comand clicking on the FirstCall- Interactive Network link.