Some homes flooded; St. John & St. Charles declare states of emergency

Published 10:58 am Tuesday, August 29, 2017

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish declared State of Emergency this morning in response to heavy rainfall and as a precautionary measure in anticipation of further rainfall.

Flash floods and four to five inches of rainfall moved through this morning resulting in heavy street flooding.

A coastal flood advisory lasts until 7 p.m.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday. Isolated tornados cannot be ruled out, parish officials said.

Parish officials also said a few St. John homes flooded in low areas of Mt. Airy, Garyville and Reserve, adding Homewood Place in Reserve suffered.

St. John sand bags (please bring a shovel) are available at 425 Captain G. Bourgeois, St. John Community Center, Fire Station near Riverside in Reserve, Ezekiel Jackson Park, Wallace Fire Station, Lucy Fire Station, West Bank Complex and Pleasure Bend Fire Station.

Local rain gages, according to St. John Parish, show: Edgard – over 5 inches, Garyville – 5.4 inches, LaPlace – 4.37 inches and Reserve – 5.4 inches.

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran declared a state of emergency at 10:28 a.m. Aug. 29 in response to the heavy rainfall received and as a precautionary measure in anticipation of further rainfall later this week.

The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center is monitoring closely the track of Harvey and is prepared to take further necessary actions should the forecast put the parish at risk.


The Department of Wastewater has put a sewer notice in place for all residents of St. Charles Parish due to heavy rain until further notice.

Residents are asked to minimize their sewer use until further notice and can expect backups during this time.


The following sandbagging locations are now open:

  • East Bank Bridge Park, 13244 River Road Destrehan, LA 70047
  • West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road Luling, LA 70070
  • Bayou Gauche, LA 306 at Badeaux Lane East


Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. Parish social media sites will be updated continuously at Please call 1-800-ENTERGY for information on power outages.