Severe weather expected this weekend

Published 3:25 pm Thursday, April 9, 2015

LAPLACE — According to the National Weather Service, a slow-moving, low-pressure system is expected to travel across St. John the Baptist Parish and the greater River Parishes Friday into Saturday, bringing numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms to the area this weekend.

Although the threat of severe weather is low, parish officials said a few thunderstorms could become strong and produce damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy downpours of rain. Rainfall totals are predicted to be one to two inches for the weekend with locally higher amounts possible.

Street flooding may occur due to the large amount of rainfall in short periods of time. The threat of severe weather is expected to weaken after Sunday, but rainfall chances remain for the next seven days.

Public Works and Utilities crews are monitoring the weather and will be on hand if issues arise with drainage and utility systems. Residents are encouraged to assist with preparations by cleaning up catch basins, drainage systems and yard debris.

Parish officials ask to dial 9-1-1 to report any emergencies including drainage issues and street flooding.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness and Communications Office is in contact with the National Weather Service to receive the latest weather updates and forecasts. Sign up to receive emergency notifications to a home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device by visiting and clicking on “Stay Connected.”