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St. John sandbag sites open noon Aug. 22; Parish makes emergency declaration for tropical storm 


In preparation for potential severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Marco and Tropical Storm Laura, Parish President Hotard will open sandbag sites to the public beginning Saturday, August 22  at noon.

Sandbag locations will operate from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 and from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 23.

Self-Serve Locations (Please bring a shovel):
• St. John Community Center – 2900 Hwy 51 – LaPlace
• Railroad Avenue Fire Station (near Riverside Academy) – Reserve
• Ezekiel Jackson Park – Garyville
• Juan Anthony Joseph Memorial Park – Edgard
• Wallace Fire Station
• Pleasure Bend Fire Station

Pre-filled Locations (For elderly and disabled, Limit 10 pre-filled):
• 425 Captain G. Bourgeois, LaPlace

Officials continue to closely monitor both tropical systems and remain in contact with the National Weather Service for updates. Residents should finalize hurricane preparations and stay informed by visiting sjbparish.com, the Government Access Channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



In closely related news, St. John Parish President Hotard signed an Emergency Declaration in advance of both Tropical Storms Marco and Laura to allow parish officials to take precautionary measures and ensure the safety of St. John Parish Residents.

Although intensity and forecast for both systems remain uncertain, heavy rainfall, strong winds and elevated tides could possibly impact Louisiana early next week. Residents are asked to assist in removing loose debris and trash in catch basins at home in advance of inclement weather.
Public Works crews are out checking pump stations and blowing out drainage outlets. The Utilities Department is also monitoring all lift stations and generators for the water and wastewater systems. Please visit sjbparish.com or follow the parish on the Government Access Channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.