JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
September 14, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON PARISH MONITORS TROPICAL STORM NICHOLAS
Residents encouraged to check and clear catch basins and gutters
JEFFERSON, LA – The Jefferson Parish Administration, along with the Emergency Management and Public Works Departments, continue to closely monitor the weather and are ready to respond accordingly. Tropical Storm Nicholas has already made landfall over the central Texas coast and will continue to weaken through the next 48 hours. By Wednesday morning, the system will be approaching Western Louisiana as it slows through Central Louisiana.
The primary hazard for Jefferson Parish is heavy rainfall. Waves of showers and heavy downpours will begin Tuesday through Thursday. Jefferson Parish is currently under a Flash Flood Watch until Thursday morning, September 16, 2021. Primary hazard for outside levee protection is coastal flooding, especially during the recovery phase for Lower Jefferson. There is a Coastal Flood Advisory for Lower Jefferson until Wednesday evening, September 15, 2021. The secondary hazard will be gusty winds within each passing tropical shower. Brief wind gusts up to 35mph are possible. Debris piles could be an issue when driving around.
Now is the time to check and clear catch basins and gutters and make sure debris piles are not blocking access to storm drains. During heavy rain, drivers should use caution around areas prone to significant street flooding, including streets under bridges and overpasses. Parish Ordinance Section 36-188 prohibits motorists from traveling on flooded streets, which may increase the possibility of structural flooding due to wake action caused by moving vehicles.
Residents should remain weather aware, monitor the forecast and have multiple ways to receive weather alerts (i.e. local news, weather radio and smartphones) and make sure to charge mobile devices and keep them nearby. To receive weather and emergency bulletins from Jefferson Parish, text “JPALERT” or “JPNOTICIAS” to 888-777. Hour-by-hour forecasts for specific locations can be accessed at www.weather.gov/neworleans by using the point and click map in the middle of the page.
For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.JeffParish.net. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.
Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123
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Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO