St. John under Flash Flood Watch through Saturday

Published 9:44 am Thursday, August 11, 2016

LAPLACE — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Southeast Louisiana, including St. John the Baptist Parish, through Saturday morning.

The Watch is the result of a slow-moving low-pressure system near the Mississippi Coast.

Local officials are monitoring the system and are in regular communications with the National Weather Service.

Residents can expect well-organized rains of four to eight inches through Saturday with locally higher amounts possible. The break in rainfall should allow functioning to return to normal.

Parish officials warn with already saturated grounds, there is the potential for street flooding in some areas throughout the Watch period.

Residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems IMMEDIATELY.

St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom is requesting assistance from residents in keeping catch basins and storm drains clear at homes and business to assist with drainage.

Public Works and Utilities crews have accessed the Parish drainage and utility systems in preparation for inclement weather and will be on standby if any problems arise.

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St. Charles Parish officials are continuing to monitor and respond to heavy rain and high water. The following is a list of open sandbag locations, road closures and high water locations:

SANDBAGS: East Bank Bridge Park, West Bank Bridge Park and Bayou Gauche

ROAD CLOSURES: Riverpoint Drive in Destrehan, Williams Street in Boutte, Barton Avenue in Luling, Ormond Oaks, Ormond Boulevard and Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan, Thomas Colby Drive in Destrehan

HIGH WATER: River Road at Barton Avenue in Luling, Old Spanish Trail at Pit Road, Cajun Paradis, Exxon, River Road at Davis Diversion, Ormond Boulevard  and Ormond Oaks in Destrehan, Ashland, Celia Court and Courville in Luling, Giacomo Street in Norco, East Club Drive in St. Rose, Badalimenti Street in Luling, Pat’s Court in Ama

The Department of Wastewater has put a sewer notice in place for all residents in St. Charles Parish. Residents are asked to minimize their sewer use until further notice.