Curfew Imposed for St. John Parish at 6 p.m.

Published 7:15 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

As Hurricane Isaac moves into the area, weather conditions will continue to strengthen before the storm subsides. St. John the Baptist Parish has completed all preparations and is currently riding out the storm and preparing for damage assessments in the storm’s wake. The St. John Sheriff’s Office currently has 90 police officers patrolling the parish ensuring the safety of residents and their property.

“I want to applaud our residents and business owners for heeding the warnings and making advanced preparations for the storm. The parish is the cleanest it has been in awhile. I also want to thank all of our employees and participating agencies for their hard work over the last several weeks, but particularly in preparation for Hurricane Isaac,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.


St. John the Baptist Parish has been under a State of Emergency since 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Hurricane Isaac is currently classified as a category 1 hurricane, with weather impacts continuing to peak throughout the day. St. John remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Tornado Watch tonight. Wind gusts are expected to reach 85 to 100 mph with rainfall totals of 10-16 inches anticipated.

Residents were currently experiencing Tropical Storm force winds during the early evening. The winds are expected to last between 16 and 24 hours. Hurricane force winds will be experienced as the storm moves through and are expected to last between 1 to 6 hours; therefore, residents should be prepared to tolerate unfavorable conditions for at least 24 hours. Tides are continuing to rise at Lake Pontchartrain with expectations to continue rising. No street flooding is being experienced at this time.


• St. John the Baptist Parish will be under a 6 p.m. curfew for all residents and businesses until further notice. All residents should stay inside homes until notified otherwise. All businesses in St. John the Baptist Parish will be closed until further notice.


• The 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 high caution during high wind speeds. Law Enforcement will not rescue motorists during the storm.

• Historically, Frenier and Peavine Roads are the first roads to experience water over roadways; however, both roads including the I-55 ramps are still passable.

• U.S. Highway 90 in St. Charles Parish is also 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.


• Garbage service will resume Thursday. Residents must secure all garbage cans until Thursday. Routes and the regular collection schedule will continue Friday and Saturday.

• Residents are encouraged to use the email address, to advise of any garbage or trash collection issues after the storm in the event phone lines are down.


• Sandbag locations are now closed.


• All businesses are now closed until further notice.

• River Parish Hospital remains open with a fully staffed emergency room.


• Residents can receive updated state road closure information at

• Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at

**Residents are reminded not to touch any downed power lines as any power line may still be active.


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


• Residents can call 985-652-2222 or 2-1-1

For more information, please visit Please do not reply directly to this email address since it is a mail server. To discontinue emails from St. John the Baptist Parish, go to and enter your email address.

As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, significant changes have not occurred over night with Tropical Storm Isaac since the National Hurricane Center’s latest update. It appears to be a waiting period for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is moving at 12 mph and beginning to produce winds in the St. John Parish area. Isaac is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane later today producing maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. Wind gusts are expected to reach 100 mph between Tuesday and Wednesday. This general motion is expected to continue for the next day or two with a decrease in forward speed.

The center of the storm should make landfall over the Louisiana coast Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Tropical storm force winds may occur for 20 to 24 hours in most locations, with a few locations up to 36 hours. Hurricane force winds are expected for 6 to 10 hours in areas within the direct path of the hurricane. Rainfall storm totals of 10 to 16 inches are anticipated with the heaviest rainfall occurring on the north and west sides of the system. Slow movement means a greater threat of heavy rain and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire area.

Tide levels are expected to increase 5 to 8 feet with a storm surge of 5 to 8 feet expected for Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas. No significant storm surge is expected for Lac Des Allemands. Dry air circulating on the northern side of the storm created a positive change that could result in fewer thunderstorms. Residents should be prepared to tolerate unfavorable conditions such as power outages, high water and possible downed trees and tree limbs following the storm. Generators should be used with care and placed in open areas; they should not be placed in enclosed areas.

All loose debris and trash should be removed to assist in preventing blockage in parish drainage systems. Public Works crews will continue to collect tree limbs Tuesday morning until wind levels exceed a level that is safe. The parish incinerator will be open to receive vegetative debris “only” beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Residents can drop off vegetative debris at the incinerator located at the end of Airport Road in Reserve. Once wind speeds reach 45 mph, residents are asked to stay off the roads.

Low-lying areas, including Woodland Drive, the rear of Cambridge Subdivision, Indigo Lakes, Spring Meadows, Ridgewood Subdivision, Foxwood Subdivision, the rear of River Forest and areas north of Airline Highway in Reserve are advised to monitor rising water levels and make preparations to move their vehicles to higher ground. Residents in Foxwood Subdivision have received permission to park vehicles at the front of their subdivision in the Belle Terre Land parking lot. The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office has also offered to provide assistance to residents who need emergency access to homes located in high water areas. Barricades will be pre-positioned in low-lying areas this morning to provide a quicker response to road closures due to high water.

Currently, no roads are closed in St. John the Baptist Parish; however, Airline Highway is currently closed on each side at the St. Charles/Jefferson Parish line. U.S. Highway 90 in St. Charles Parish is also closed in St. Charles Parish at the West bank Diversion.

Residents can receive updated state road closure information at Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at

There is still no plan for a mandatory evacuation. Residents are encouraged to finalize emergency plans and preparations to shelter at home. They may also choose to evacuate to areas to the north and west of the parish. All public, private, and parochial schools and the South Central Louisiana Technical College are closed until further notice. St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools will provide more information regarding school closures Wednesday. Riverside Academy will be closed through Thursday.

All Parish Government Offices will be closed today. The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center is open 24/7 accepting phone calls at 985-652-2222. Residents are asked to dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or critical information.

Garbage service will resume on Thursday with the Thursday route. Regular collection will be on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday and Wednesday garbage routes will be collected on the next scheduled pick-up day. Residents in River Forest, on Louisiana Highway 628/West Fifth between Jouty Lane and Camphor Street will have their garbage picked up on the next scheduled date. The garbage company is committed to picking up garbage as quickly as possible once the storm moves through the area. Residents are asked to please pick up cans that are currently near the road.

Over 10,000 sandbags have been distributed throughout the parish and an additional 20,000 bags have been ordered for today. More sand will be delivered this morning at 9 a.m. to all sandbag locations listed below:

• Fire Station No. 53 at 1703 St. Andrews Blvd., LaPlace

• Fire Station No. 94 at 1200 Louisiana Highway 643, Pleasure Bend

• Fire Station No. 65 located at 337 Central Avenue, Reserve

• Fire Station No. 71 at 418 Historic West St., Garyville

• Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Louisiana Highway 18, Edgard

Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.