Ascension Parish residents concerned for heavy weekend rain

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Ascension Parish is expecting at least five inches of rain at the end of the week. However, many in the parish are still recovering from the flash flood in May.

Sage Richardson says his backyard still has three feet of standing water from last month.

“We were sandbagging nonstop, we have a four foot wall on just sandbags,” Richardson said.

Richardson and his family are fed up with the Ascension Parish drainage system. They are taking matters into their own hands and creating their own drainage pump in the yard.

“This is what saved us,” he said. “We have a bucket down here that we put in the ground and we put the pump inside the bucket to lock out the ocks. The pump is being used what it needs to be used for. But we did have to make this pipe system to make it over the wall.”

According to BRPROUD’s Chief Meteorologist, Jesse Gunkel, this weekend’s heavy rain will not cause damage like last month, but those with standing water need to take precautions.

“Ascension Parish right now is probably looking at five to eight inches of rain. Now, obviously that’s not going to come all at once, it’s going to be spaced out of a few days starting Saturday going into early next week,” Gunkel said.

Richardson has not seen his yard in the past three months. He plans to keep his home guarded with sandbags until the end of hurricane season.

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