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
-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.