St. James Parish residents brace for threatening flooding

St. James Parish residents brace for threatening flooding

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The floodwater is flowing downstream threatening homes in St James Parish. And that threat may last several days as the record water levels fall slowly in the area.

Residents and leaders in St James are watching the Blind River closely. It flows into the Amite River. But with the Amite hitting record levels the Blind river is flowing backward because the water has no place to go.

And this is a spot the back flow can be seen first-hand.

This flood threat has forced parish officials to close schools in St James today.

Residents north of highway 3125 in St James should take precautions whether or not their homes have previously flooded. The amount of water from the Amite River is unprecedented and it could last a while with the crest not expected until Wednesday morning.

St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel said residents need to be vigilant about the flooding and take care of business.

"But once it's in our community, it's going to take a longer time to go down," Roussel said.

There are six sandbagging locations opening at 8 a.m. in St James parish today.

East Bank locations:

  • Grand Point Fire Station
  • Behind Creole House Restaurant
  • Young’s Kwik Stop in Convent
  • Gramercy North Airline Highway Fire Station (near St. James Nursery)

West Bank locations:

  • King View Street Fire Station
  • South Vacherie Fire and Rescue Training Center (near Health Unit)

Residents are asked to bring their own shovels if they do go to those sandbag locations.

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