St. John the Baptist Parish has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Karen, parish officials announced Friday.

In the run-up to the storm, parish officials are asking residents to clean up loose debris and trash and to help clear drainage ditches to prevent blockages.

Sandbags locations have opened throughout the parish. Each resident is limited to 10 bags and residents should bring their own shovel to fill them. Officials asked that residents not take additional empty bags from the sites:

Sandbags are available at:

  • Belle Terre Land in front of Foxwood Subdivision, 669 Belle Terre Blvd, LaPlace
  • St. John Community Center at 2900 Highway 51, LaPlace
  • Fire Station #94 at 1200 Highway 643, Pleasure Bend
  • Fire Station #62 located at 378 Railroad Ave., Reserve
  • Airport Road, Reserve
  • Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St., Garyville
  • Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Highway 18, Edgard

Pre-filled sandbags for the elderly and disabled will be available at 425 Captain Bourgeois St., LaPlace.

The parish’s pump stations are operation and crews are on standby, Parish President Natalie Robottom said in a new release.

“We are fully prepared for a potential heavy rain event,” Robottom said.

Due to the storm, all Recreation Department activities are cancelled for the weekend.

Garbage service will continue normally on Friday and officials have not decided whether service will continue on Saturday.