St. Tammany Parish Officials Watch River Levels — Ask Citizens to do the Same
St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper assures residents that he and officials in the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continue to monitor river levels as the National Weather Service forecasters are currently predicting that the Pearl River will crest at Major Flood Stage of 18.5 feet in the evening of Tuesday, April 20, 2021, into early Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Forecasted impacts of the crest of the Pearl River, according to the National Weather Service, include: impassable streets in surrounding subdivisions, possible flooded homes in the vicinity of Gum Bayou, and the threat of homes flooding in Magnolia Forest. Predications also indicate that secondary roads to the river and throughout Honey Island Swamp are expected to remain inundated.
In addition, the Tchefuncte River is predicted to crest Saturday, April 17 2021, at Moderate Flood Stage at 26 feet. Forecasted impacts of the crest of the Tchefuncte River, according to the National Weather Service, include: possible flooding to the entrance road to Camp Tchefuncte, inaccessibility to the campgrounds by auto; evacuation of the campground area is advised. Homes between Tantella Ranch Road and the river as well as homes on Trinchard Road and Louisiana Highway 1077 will be threatened.
“We are watching all rivers throughout St. Tammany, as we have seen spring rain for several days now. However, we have particular concern about the crest of the Pearl River at Major Flood Stage early next week, and the crest of the Tchefuncte in the next 24 hours at Moderate Flood Stage,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “We ask citizens who live along any of our rivers to pay close attention to the weather forecast, as it can rapidly change as forecasted weather conditions change.”
Public Works Pump Monitors and Observers will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend. All sandbag locations are open for self-service until 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021. The St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn located at 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River will also open Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 7 a.m. – 5p.m.
All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirm.
The locations are as follows:
St. Tammany Parish Government
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
The Old Levee District Site
61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida Street, Covington
Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell, is closed due to high water. Storm information is posted at www.stpgov.org/storm, and on Parish Social Media channels.
Residents are asked to report flooded structures to 985-898-2574.
The National Weather service continues to predict slight to moderate risk of excessive heavy rainfall through early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Tammany Parish until Saturday morning.