Heavy rainfall expected in River Region

Published 5:11 pm Friday, September 12, 2014

A weak tropical system moving westward across the Gulf of Mexico known as “Invest 92L” as well as an approaching cold front, according to the National Weather Service, will likely bring heavy rainfall to Southeast Louisiana including St. John the Baptist Parish through Wednesday.

St. John leaders warn rainfall totals are expected to be 1 to 3 inches over the next five days with locally higher amounts possible.

Heavy rainfall and enhanced tidal levels are the main threats for the area at this time.

“Currently, the weak tropical system is disorganized and traveling over South Florida with expectation to move westward toward Texas Gulf Coast through the weekend,” a release from the parish said. “There is a 30 percent chance of storm development by Wednesday, with most of the severe weather associated with the system to impact our area through Monday.”

Extensive rainfall coupled with existing high tides on the lakes could result in street flooding in low-lying areas.

The Public Works Department has prepared for the weather event by checking all pump stations and drainage canals as well as draining wells in advance. Public Works and Utilities Crews will be on call this weekend in the event problems occur.

Residents should report any issues or concerns during the rain event to 911.

Residents are asked to assist with the predicted heavy rainfall by cleaning catch basins and avoiding placing debris in ditches, drainage canals and on the side of the road as to not impede drainage.

Residents are asked to sign up to receive emergency notifications to home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at sjbparish.com and clicking on “Stay Connected.”