Flash flood warning issued for St. John the Baptist, St. James parishes

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a flash flood warning for St. John the Baptist Parish and St. James Parish until 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather officials said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, radar indicated another round of thunderstorms producing heavy rain approaching the warned area.

Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Weather service officials said Reserve, LaPlace, Gramercy, Lutcher, North Vacherie, Garyville, Edgard, Wallace, Convent and South Vacherie could experience flooding.

Water customers in Water District #1, which is Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy, are experiencing little to no water pressure as a result of a power outage at Lions Water Plant in Reserve and generator power malfunction, St. John officials announced Wednesday morning.

The St. John Parish Utilities Department and Entergy are on scene and working as to restore power to the Lions Plant and water to the area.

As a precaution, water customers in Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy are under a Boil Water Advisory until further notice.

It is recommended all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it or using it for food preparation by boiling water for a full minute in a clean container.

The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.

The Utilities Department will lift the Boil Water Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals-Office of Public Health that the water samples collected from Water District #1 is safe.

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