SLIDELL, La. - The Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish has been at or above flood stage for a majority of 2013, and forecasters at the National Weather Service in Slidell say that won’t be changing any time soon.
“Looks like it has a moderate risk of flood continuing through the spring due to the heavy rains we've had locally in this area," said Forecaster Phil Grigsby.
The NWS made the determination in its Spring Outlook. It shows an increased risk for flooding in the darker areas of the map, which covers the Northshore, including the Tangipahoa River in Tangipahoa Parish and the Bogue Chitto River in Washington Parish.
“We've had basically this persistent trough of low pressure over the east and that's kept the jet stream over us and that's tracking a lot more storm systems over us so we had a very wet January and February. March has been a little drier but it looks like overall the wet pattern will stay in place," Grigsby said.
It’s something that could be an issue for rivers staying full. The news is something to consider for residents on or near Northshore river systems.
"I could see how it would bother a lot of low lying areas if we had a lot of rain at one time," said Gerry Bagert.
The Weather Service says as long as the river stays high, people who live along or near the waterway need to be prepared for minor problems like road closures as well as major problems like possible evacuations.
To some, it is what it is.
"You just get used to it,” said Bagert, “You wouldn't say, though, that it's at least good to know what's expected?' Oh yea, it's always good to know what the river is doing."
Forecasters say the flood expectations could last until June.