Some good news for those nervously watching the rising rivers across in St. Tammany Parish: Most had hit their crests and were receding by late Monday morning (May 13).
Of the major rivers across the parish, only the Pearl River had yet to crest. The Pearl is expected to crest on Tuesday afternoon at Pearl River at around 18 feet, which is well above flood stage but not particularly worrisome to parish officials.
Dexter Accardo, St. Tammany Parish’s director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, said Monday that there had been no calls to 911 over the weekend from residents seeking rescues from flooded areas. The Sheriff’s Office had staged rescue equipment near chronic flood-prone areas along Louisiana 1077 but did not have to use any of it, he said.
Many roads that had been closed due to high water were reopened, Accardo said. “Everything’s starting to recede,” he said.
Some roads, such as Isabell Swamp Road near the Pearl River, remained closed, however, the parish said on its social media feeds.
The Bogue Falaya River had crested at “moderate” flood stage at Boston Street and Camp Covington on Sunday. The Tchefuncte River near Covington, which has caused some structural flooding in recent years, crested at moderate flood stage Monday morning.