St. John Parish under Flash Flood Watch

Published 10:29 am Sunday, May 21, 2017

LAPLACE — A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Southeast Louisiana including St. John Parish through Tuesday evening as a result of a slow moving cold front traveling across the state.

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

Residents can expect well-organized and possible severe rains of three to six inches through Tuesday evening.

Isolated higher amounts are possible.

Locally heavy rainfall can lead to ponding of water in low lying areas and flash flooding is possible in areas that receive the most rainfall. Strong winds and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

St. John Parish crews have worked throughout the end of the week and weekend to check pump and life stations, clear drains and ditches and pump down canals.

Parish officials are requesting assistance from residents in cleaning out catch basins and storm drains by homes and businesses to assist with drainage. They should also avoid placing debris in ditches, drainage canals, and on the side of the road that may impede drainage or become projectiles.

Rises on the rivers are expected, and the Parish may drain slower due to higher than normal River levels. Please take necessary preparations at home and monitor weather channels for rapidly changing conditions and updates.

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