St. John the Baptist Parish dodges weather threat, officials still prepared

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Monday, August 19, 2013 - 8:30pm

St. John the Baptist Parish officials said they overcame their first hurdle of this hurricane season. Over the weekend they watched and prepared as Invest 92L  entered the Gulf. Natalie Robottom, St. John the Baptist Parish President, explained the parish provided places for sandbags and sent crews to check on drains. She said her parish never saw any rain, but she wasn't taking any chances.

"Nobody can definitely say what's coming your way so you have to be prepared. As a parish, we need to be prepared. [We need to be prepared] as residents and as business owners as well. There are things you need to do to protect yourself and your family. You don't necessarily have to wait to have someone tell you to do it," Robottom said.

Some people living in Laplace said the threat of bad weather was a wake up call.

"We are not ready mentally for another storm to come through here," Angelique Cooper, Laplace home owner, said.

Cooper knows first hand how dangerous a storm can be. Hurricane Isaac sent close to four feet of water into her home. She's spent the past year trying to rebuild. Her home is almost fixed. She's hoping this year she won't have to go through another major storm.

"At this point I'm still moving forward. I have supplies in the house just incase anything happens."

Parish officials say August and September are the peak of hurricane season. Officials urge residents to sign up for emergency alerts, and get ready incase of another storm or other weather event. 

Robottom said St. John the Baptist Parish got lucky this weekend, but she warns residents to continue to take each weather threat seriously.

"Some residents will say nothing happened. They told us it was going to rain I got these sand bags, and I was ready and nothing happened," Robottom stated. "That's the reality. We are only as good as the information we are provided. They gave us the best information they had at the time. Of course, it didn't pan out that way, but that's no reason to discard the information."

Robottom said homeowners can help the parish prepare for storms by properly disposing of debris before a storm comes.

House hold debris and bulky garbage is picked up on the second day of regular garbage pick up. Residents can call St. John Public Works at 985-652-4815 or click here for help with Hurricane Isaac related debris or tree limbs.

For more information about St.John the Baptist Parish emergency alerts click here.

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