Bluff Swamp area drainage project announced

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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — A new drainage project agreement has been announced by the East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 and Parish President Clint Cointment.

The project will facilitate drainage in the Bluff Swamp area, according to a news release from Ascension Parish Government. Proposed plans include a box culvert under Hwy 74 to New River.

Ascension Parish Government said the project will be completed through an emergency declaration regarding the Bluff Swamp area after the May 2021 flooding.

During both the 2016 Flood and the high-water event in May of this year, water from Bluff Swamp drained south through an undersized 36-inch pipe culvert under LA 74 and through the Morgan Swamp on its way to the New River. The Parish will install a new 6’ x 6’ box culvert that will allow more water to drain at a lower elevation. The natural drainage canals in Morgan Swamp have already been cleared and opened, giving storm water a clear path to New River, and then on to the Marvin Braud Pumping Station. There will be a backhoe on site to close the cut to New River to help prevent backwater flooding onto residents south and north of Highway 74.

Ascension Parish Government

The project is pending Drainage Board approval.

On Wednesday, a press conference was held by drainage board members and Cointment to announce that Cointment will be staying on the board as drainage director.

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