Ascension Parish halts Ida recovery as Nicholas threatens flooding

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GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – Due to weather concerns, Ascension Parish had to put a stop to Hurricane Ida recovery efforts on Tuesday. Parish leaders said they are mainly focused on drainage issues.

They stopped debris removal but as soon as the rain stops and the ground is not quite as soft, they plan to get back out there as soon as possible.

For many neighborhoods around Ascension Parish, tree limbs, leaves, and other debris still line the streets. In some places, it is causing the ditches to overflow with water.

“There’s a lot of debris, there were a lot of trees that were knocked down, there were fences that were knocked over. There was a lot of damage to property here in the parish and so there’s concern,” Parish Communications Director Martin McConnell said.

Since the parish employees have been taken off collection, they are focusing on water drainage at the three main pumps.

“We have people there who are operating that, so the goal there is to try to pump the waterways down as much as possible,” McConnell said.

Many people had damage to their roof from Hurricane Ida, those people have been urged to apply for the Blue Roof program. But the parish has stepped in to have a short-term fix for those who haven’t gotten help yet.

“There’s a lot of debris out there that we need to move out. There’s damage to people’s homes that needs to be repaired. Now Nicholas is here only two weeks after Ida, the parish has made other tarps available,” McConnell said.

Details of where to get sandbags or tarps can be found here.

The evacuation shelter at Lamar Dixon is still open and one man who lives in his car said it has been a major help through both storms now.

This is a really good facility. It’s facilitated all these workers coming out here with the recovery,” Zane Whittington said.

He described the scene at Lamar Dixon over the last two weeks as a circus. Linemen, national guard and other resources are staged at the facility to help with the ongoing recovery as soon as the bad weather passes.

Parish leaders urge people to keep an eye on the roads and rising water, especially around those areas debris has not been able to be moved yet. They will determine if debris removal will be delayed tomorrow depending on the weather.

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