Ascension Parish first responders, leaders prepare for Tropical Depression Cristobal

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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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