The National Weather Service has changed its prediction for the Tchefuncte River’s crest for the river gauge located at the Tchefuncte River at US Hwy 190 in the Goodbee area, from midday today (Saturday, December 29, 2018) to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sunday, December 30, 2018). However, they did not adjust the river level when the crest occurs, which is still predicted to be 30 ft.
Because of the National Weather Service’s change in predicted timing for river cresting, St. Tammany Parish Government’s emergency shelter will remain open another night. The shelter, run in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is located at Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area. Residents who would like to use this shelter are advised to bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.
Parish Government will also extend the hours for distribution of sandbags today, Saturday, December 29, until 5 p.m. Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, located at 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.
Other river gauges have shown water receding: Bogue Falaya River near Camp Covington (near LA Hwy 25 @ Million Dollar Road) | Crested 54.24ft (approximately 2 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018) | Currently 44.25ft and falling (approximately 8 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)
Bogue Falaya River at Boston Street, Covington| Crested 11.9ft (approximately 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018) | Currently 10.9ft and falling (approximately 8:30 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)
Tchefuncte River near Folsom | Crested 22.42ft (approximately 5 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018) | Currently 18.97ft and falling (approximately 9 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)
Additionally, the Bogue Chitto River near Bush is predicted to crest at 15.5ft, at 6 p.m. tonight.
At this time, and based on the National Weather Service’s reports, the Parish’s Emergency Operations still believe that there is a potential for flooding in neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchfuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past. Residents should consider a voluntary evacuation.