ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Officials with the St. John the Baptist Parish Emergency Operations Center continue to monitor water levels in the parish after recent heavy rainfall in the area. A flood warning was canceled at 3 p.m. Saturday for the northern part of the parish, which includes areas north of Airline Highway and areas near Interstate 10, but a flood advisory remains in effect until Monday afternoon. Officials say that the flood waters have receded and that the readings on gauges at Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Garyville, Reserve, Foxwood, Woodland and Hwy 51 have decreased since Friday. All on and off ramps on I-10 and I-55 located in the parish are dry and passable.
Officials say that one area that is still dealing with minor street flooding is the rear of River Forest Subdivision in Laplace. Other areas with saturated grounds are near Airline Drive and Central Avenue in Reserve as well as the area near the intersection of Highways 54 and 61 in Garyville.
Parish officials do encourage residents to make preparations for possible backwater flooding. Those preparations include sandbagging homes, safeguarding assets and removing vehicles from low-lying areas. Parish officials are also in contact with Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, The Levee District and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as they keep close watch on the possible breaching of Alligator Bayou Road in Ascension Parish to ensure that there are no negative impacts to St. John Parish.