Ascension Parish declares State of Emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Ida

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment has declared a state of emergency for Ascension Parish ahead of Tropical Storm Ida, which is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast by Sunday.

“Parish Government and the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness (OHSEP) regularly conduct briefings and drills with all parish agencies,” said
President Cointment.

He wants to assure all residents that Parish Government has been preparing all year for
hurricane season, which officially began June 1.

Anyone with special accomodations, is urged to contact the Emergency Operations Center at 225-450-1200.
At this time no shelters are open.

The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center is accepting large animals, such as horses and cows, from
anyone concerned about pasture flooding. The service is free for Ascension Parish residents,
and for others, there is a fee. Call Lamar-Dixon at 225-450-1009 to make arrangements.

Since the heavy rains the Parish experienced in May, water levels in bayous and streams have
been kept at the lowest levels possible to accommodate extra rainfall. Parish pumping stations
are not yet activated because of low water levels, but crews are manning them around the
clock and are on full alert

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