Ascension Parish president declares new state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment declared a new state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, even though the parish remains under a current state of emergency from Hurricane Ida.

“All of our teams are on full storm alert,” said President Cointment. “Many of our residents still
don’t have power, yet we’re facing the possibility of heavy rains and flash flooding.”

The state of emergency comes after Gov. Edwards announced he will hold a press conference to discuss the recovery of Hurricane Ida and to prepare for the impact Tropical Storm Nicholas may have on the state.

The parish is making sand and bags available in the usual locations throughout the parish. Due to the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Ida, parish crews have not had time to fill more bags, focusing instead on cleanup and recovery. Parish pump stations, particularly at Marvin Braud, Henderson, and Sorrento, are staffed and on full alert.

“Debris contractors are working hard, but they simply cannot pick up the entire parish in the next 48 hours,” said President Cointment. “Please help us to help you: clear your ditches if you can, don’t let debris block drainage, be a good neighbor and help your neighbors with their ditches.”

Parish government is delivering tarps to area fire departments for distribution to anyone in need. Tarps will be available after 2:00 pm today at the following locations:

•Fire District #1 on Airline Hwy (US 61) Gonzales
• Prairieville Fire Dept. Main Station on LA Highway 73
• Donaldsonville Fire Department on Marchand Drive

• City of Gonzales will have sandbags and tarps available for pick-up today only, from
noon until 5 pm, at the public works building at 2919 South Darla Ave. Must show ID /
proof of City of Gonzales residency.
• City of Gonzales will make deliveries to the physically challenged tomorrow between
7:00 am and 5 pm.

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