Flood Warnings & Shelters

Flood Warning System

The following terms are used in a flood warning system:

  • Flood Watch: means flooding is possible.
  • Flash Flood Watch: means a flash flood which can happen rather quickly is possible.
  • Flood Warning: means a flood is occurring or will occur soon within a certain area.
  • Flash Flood Warning: means a flash flood is occurring or will happen very soon.

These warnings are announced, as issued by the National Weather Service, on local cable television and radio stations and/or the telephone call-down system. For more information, call the Parish at 225-562-2265 or 225-562-2364.


St. James Parish Emergency Preparedness will provide sheltering to residents in need during an emergency. Shelter locations may vary depending on the situation and will be announced before the emergency.