Ascension Parish first responders, leaders prepare for Tropical Depression Cristobal


PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) Ascension Parish is bracing for the impact of Tropical Depression Cristobal.

Prairieville Firefighters spent Thursday making sure rescue vehicles are ready to go if they are needed this weekend. District 3 Fire Chief Mark Stewart said his department faced shortfalls in preparation for water rescues during the flood of 2016.

Since then, the department has purchased a couple of “Army surplus,” a hummer and a 2 and 1/2 ton truck. “we can go to places where maybe a boat wouldn’t be the best option. But we can take these vehicles and load a pretty good number of people and bring them out to safer areas of higher ground,” Stewart said.

This time if they are needed they will have the experience. “Quite a bit of the area flooded pretty badly during the flood of 2016,” Stewart said.

The Parish President’s Office is providing pre-filled sandbags at the following locations across the parish.

The following locations have been added in Donaldsonville:

-St. Jude Subdivision

-Township Rd. in Brusly

-Modest Park

-Lemannville Park

-Abend Park

-Palo Alto Fire Department

The Department of Public Works will also have loose sand and bags at the following locations:

-Galvez Lake Fire Department on Joe Sevario Rd.

-Raymond Tullier Rd. in Sorrento

-Ridge Rd. at Kleinpeter Rd. in Dutchtown

-Buxton Subdivision in St. Amant

-Lake Martin Rd. at Highway 431

-Prairieville Primary School, 40228 Parker Rd, Prairieville

Residents need to bring their own shovels to fill the bags.

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