St. John bracing for severe weather Tuesday, Wednesday

Published 4:17 pm Monday, November 16, 2015

LAPLACE — According to the National Weather Service, severe showers and thunderstorms are forecast to impact Southeast Louisiana, including St. John Parish beginning Tuesday afternoon in advance of a cold front moving east.
A squall line of heavy rainfall is also anticipated to accompany the front during the early morning hours Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are predicted with locally higher amounts possible. The main threats associated with the system include heavy rainfall, strong winds and a possible isolated tornado or two.
A Flash Flood Watch is expected to be issued for the area.
Street flooding could occur in low-lying areas if the Parish is inundated with large amounts of rainfall in short periods of time. Residents should prepare homes and businesses by removing any debris from catch basins and storm drains and avoiding placing debris in ditches, drainage canals and on side of the road.
The threat of severe weather is expected to diminish after Wednesday.
The St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center is monitoring weather forecasts for any changes and receiving updates from the National Weather Service. Public Works and Utilities Departments are making preparations and checking systems for heavy rainfall.
Residents should report any emergencies, including street flooding, and all weather related concerns by dialing 911. Should a tornado warning be issued, seek shelter immediately, pull off roadways and cover your head.
Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at and clicking on “Stay Connected.”