5 to 8 inches of rainfall possible with storm this week

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LAPLACE — The National Weather Service is predicting extended periods of heavy rainfall to develop, beginning Wednesday as a slow-moving tropical system travels along the Gulf Coast.

Forecasters are predicting five to eight inches of rainfall possible for areas east of I-55 through Sunday with locally higher amounts possible.

Although breaks in the rainfall are anticipated, saturated grounds and extensive rainfall in short periods of times can lead to flash flooding and street flooding in low-lying areas.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Public Works Department and Utilities are making preparations for possible severe weather by checking all pump stations, lift stations and drainage canals throughout the Parish.

Public Works and Utilities crewmembers will be on hand in the event any issues occur.

Residents are asked to secure garbage cans and any yard debris as best as they can and pick up tree branches to avoid entering the drainage system during the weather event.

Residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems immediately. Please use caution when venturing outdoors or operating vehicles in heavy rainfall and refrain from driving through ponding water.

St. John Parish officials are monitoring weather conditions and have been in contact with the National Weather Service to receive the latest weather forecasts.

It imperative residents monitor local weather stations for any weather updates. Please also sign up for the Parish emergency alerts by visiting sjbparish.com and clicking on “Stay Connected.”