Ascension Parish declares State of Emergency, making preparations as Hurricane Delta looms in the Gulf

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GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – UPDATE: Ascension Parish residents are preparing for Hurricane Delta.

Parish President Clint Cointment is acknowledging residents are exhausted with how busy this hurricane season has been, but he says now is not the time to let your guard down.

“It’s not only the hurricane season, it’s Covid as well,” Cointment said.

“This has just been a year of years.”

Ascension Parish residents spent Wednesday restocking and re-sandbagging ahead of Hurricane Delta.

“The best thing you can do is just get everything ready at your house I mean mother nature is just going to do what mother nature is going to do,” Resident Cody Tullier said.

Like many residents, Tullier is still doubtful Ascension will see much of an impact.

“We’ve had such an active season and it seems like every track it shows its coming toward us and then it veers off somewhere else, there is a possibility, you know.. me too im skeptical too,” Tullier said.

Cointment is concerned some won’t take this storm seriously.

“I know there can be some fatigue in having this many storms in such a short period of time so we are asking people to keep their guard up, don’t let their guard down and be proactive,” Cointment said.

While we wait to see how Delta’s track develops Parish leaders are working around the clock to make sure they are ready.

ORIGINAL: On Tuesday, the Ascension Parish Government is declaring a State of Emergency as Hurricane Delta slowly moves towards the Gulf Coast.

Details on the State of Emergency can be found below:

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment signed a declaration today placing Ascension
Parish in a State of Emergency ahead of expected tropical weather from Hurricane Delta.

The declaration was filed with the Clerk of Court’s office.

In his reasoning for issuing the declaration, President Cointment stated, “Hurricane Delta has
the potential for severe weather, including flash flooding, and may cause extensive damage in
the Parish of Ascension.”

President Cointment noted that, should Hurricane Delta impact Ascension as it is expected to
do Friday, the Parish “is in need of emergency actions and support to respond to the incident.”

By declaring a state of emergency, President Cointment makes Ascension Parish eligible for
state and federal disaster assistance.

Residents needing assistance should call The Citizens Service Center at 225-450-1200, and
register for the Everbridge Emergency Alert System when calling.

The state of emergency remains in effect from Tuesday, October 6, 2020 until Wednesday,
November 4, 2020, “unless terminated sooner.

Ascension Parish is starting to make preparations for Hurricane Delta and the Ascension Parish Government provided details below:

Ascension Parish officials are notifying everyone to be prepared for heavy wind and rains that
are anticipated from Hurricane Delta later this week.

“I have placed my staff on alert, and we are monitoring all Parish waterways,” said Parish
President Clint Cointment. “The Marvin Braud and Sorrento pumping stations will be activated
as soon as it is feasible.”

Cointment also noted that there is potential for flash flooding and urges residents in flood prone
areas to take precautions.

“I recommend all residents sign up for the Everbridge Emergency Alert System by calling the
Citizens Service Center at 225-450-1200,” said Cointment. “Weather and situation updates will
be regularly posted on the Parish and OHSEP Facebook pages.”

Residents are asked to check for any debris in their yards and drainage ditches, and remove it
if possible. Loose items should be tied down or stowed away.

Because of all of the storm activity this summer, thousands of pre-filled sandbags were given
out.

Parish crews have not had much time to fill very many bags, but some have been made
available, in addition to loose sand and bags. Residents should bring their own shovels.

Image courtesy of Ascension Parish Government

“Do not take this storm lightly,” said President Cointment. “If you or someone in your family
have special needs, make sure someone knows who and where you are. Once an emergency
happens, first responders may not be able to get to everyone right away.”

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