ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD)- After more than a year of hard work, a $3.5 million drainage project in Ascension Parish is complete.

The Fish Bayou floodgate on Alligator Bayou Road is fully operational as of Tuesday, September 27, local officials say.

The structure was created to alleviate flooding issues for residents near the Bluff Swamp/Spanish Lake basin.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place this week and local leaders were all smiles as the floodgate was declared operational.