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St. John under flash flood watch

LAPLACE –  A flash flood watch is in effect through Friday morning for South Louisiana, including St. John the Baptist Parish, as the chances of heavy rainfall increase through the day.
Periods of rainy weather will impact St. John with an estimate of 2 to 4 inches with locally heavier amounts possible through Sunday.
Strong, gusty winds are also affecting the region and tornadoes cannot be ruled out during this time.
Quick, heavy bursts of rainfall coupled with already saturated grounds may cause street flooding in low lying areas.
Residents are asked to continue removing any debris from catch basins and storm drains during breaks in rain events to assist with drainage. Residents should also use caution when going outside and when on roads.
Parish officials ask residents to refrain from driving in flooded streets if possible. Public Works and Utilities crews will be on hand in the event of an emergencies; however, residents should report any issues or concerns to 9-1-1 immediately.
Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at www.sjbparish.comand clicking on “Stay Connected.”
— Submitted by St. John Communications.