Hurricane Nate impact barreling to River Region

Published 9:53 am Saturday, October 7, 2017

LAPLACE — Nate is now a hurricane gaining strength.

St. John the Baptist Parish Government is asking residents to remain vigilant, finalize preparations and not get complacent due to the easterly track Saturday morning.

The track is constantly shifting and can change at any time plus impacts occur outside of the current track. The greatest concern for St. John Parish and the River Region is storm surge, especially near areas by the Lakes, I-10 and I-55.

Storm surge amounts of 3 to 5 feet above ground level on Lake Pontchartrain and 1-3 feet on Lake Maurepas are possible, which could mean flooding in low-lying areas and areas just south of I-10.

Tides are high and strong easterly winds are persistent.

Lake Pontchartrain increased to 3 feet and Lake Maurepas increased to 2.7 feet. Lac Des Allemands in Pleasure Bend is also being monitored with lake steady at 1.52 feet.

Old 51 at Ruddock, Peavine and Frenier are closed.

There is standing water on Wilshire and Woodland Drive, and high water signs are in place. This has been fluctuating with high and low tide but is anticipated to increase due to storm surge.

Standing water on shoulder of I-10 Ramps at Hwy 51 intersection on Hwy 51 by interstate.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are anticipated with locally higher amounts possible. Short amounts of rainfall will lead to flash flooding.

Please continue to monitor! Residents will see greater impacts and affects beginning Saturday afternoon through overnight and into Sunday.

Residents should stay off of roadways during the weather event and never attempt to drive down flooded streets.