While folks in St. Amant try to clean up, officials in Ascension are bracing for another night of wild weather. Heavy damage and rising water in Ascension Parish. Bill Roux with Ascension Public Works Dept. says “All of our bayous are topped out. In other words, they’re full and the ground is saturated, which means everything that is falling to the ground is coming to our bayous.” So they’ve kicked on all five pumps, working furiously since midnight to bring down the water level. They’re pumping more than two million gallons of water per minute, in hopes that water doesn’t overwhelm them overnight. So far, they believe their pumps will be up for the task, “We can continually operate throughout the weekend and bring the water level down.”
It is good news for Deedee Stephens whose home and trailer had significant damage from the storm last night. Now she’s hoping the swollen river behind her won’t become a problem. Stephens says, “It was rising a little bit but you can tell when the waters moving out that they have the pumping stations on and that’s always a great thing for us.” They are pumps that keep more than 60% of East Ascension from going under water. They are powerful machines working to keep everyone’s head and property above water.
The parish plans to add one more pump and to construct a cover for the current station within the next few years.