BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Ascension Parish Department of Public Works has cut Alligator Bayou Road at Fish Bayou to help drain flood water from Spanish Lake and the Bluff Swamp basin, according to parish spokesperson John Connelly.
Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment described the action as “significant event on a dramatic day” and acknowledged the dedication and commitment of DPW personnel to the safety and protection of Ascension Parish residents and their property.
The cut is located at the point where the future Fish Bayou flood control structure will be constructed and will house two 12-foot by 12-foot box culverts with a lock and gate system. The future structure will be an additional tool in the Ascension Parish arsenal used to facilitate drainage.
In addition to the cut, DPW Director Ron Savoy said crews are operating a total of seven pumps, four 30-inch axle driven pumps and three 24-inch tractor pumps.
To ensure the safety of residents in the area, Ascension Parish officials are monitoring weather forecasts, and DPW crews stationed on-site are ready to backfill the cut should any rain occur causing Bayou Manchac to rise to 14 feet.
Alligator Bayou Road will remain closed until further notice. Remember, this is an active construction site and is accessible only by authorized personnel.