ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The US Army Corps of Engineers gave Ascension Parish authority to open a new drainage system that will help drain the Bluff Swamp area during periods of high water.
Currently, the water from Bluff Swamp drains through a small culvert under Highway 74 into Morgan Swamp to the south, where it pools. The new drainage would open a ditch from Morgan Swamp allowing it to drain into New River, and then on to the Marvin Braud Pumping Station.
“At this time, the only way to drain Bluff Swamp is to the north into Bayou Manchac,” said
Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment. “I have studied these bayous and waterways for years, and I know that this is a feasible solution.”
The first part of this project would be to open a passage from Morgan Swamp to New River. A
second action will install a larger culvert, with a flood gate, under Highway 74. This flood gate
will only be opened if there is capacity in New River to accept additional water.
“Under no circumstances will the Parish allow any residents in the Marvin Braud Basin to be
negatively impacted,” added President Cointment.
The initial phase of the project is to begin immediately.