St. John Parish under Tropical Storm Watch

Published 5:46 pm Friday, May 25, 2018

LAPLACE — The northern Gulf Coast including St. John the Baptist Parish is under a Tropical Storm Watch as a sub-tropical system moves toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Alberto is being closely monitored and preparations are being made for tropical storm
Although the track remains highly uncertain, parts of the Gulf Coast including Southeast Louisiana, could see periods of heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds beginning as early as Sunday.
The main threat with this system, regardless of track or development, are heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes. Totals of two to four inches are expected throughWednesday with locally higher amounts possible. Rainfall amounts could double depending on the development and track of the system and there is a potential for heavy downpours in short periods of time.
St. John Parish crews are preparing pumps stations, parish drainage systems and water/wastewater systems. Residents are asked to make necessary preparations now before the rainfall including cleaning drains and catch basins and clearing yards of debris.
Residents with debris curbside are encouraged to bring vegetative debris to the Parish incinerator located on Airport Road in Reserve.
Essential personnel are on standby throughout the weekend and officials will remain in contact with the National Weather Service for continuous updates. Residents should visit and click “Stay Connected” to receive Parish alerts throughout the event. Please dial 911 to report any issues.
— Submitted by St. John Communications