Fed up by Ascension drainage, resident considers leaving home

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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD)- One resident in Ascension Parish is searching for a new home after being flooded out of his house multiple times.

Ridge Road residents are keeping their homes guarded with sandbags until the end of hurricane season.

“Whenever there is a lot of rainfall, water comes up very quickly back here,” Travis Duhe, resident said.

“Rainfall falls in here because of the lack of drainage plans, we only drop two inches a day,” said the resident looking forward to moving. “I have been here for five years, it’s never been this bad.”

According to BRProud Chief Meteorologist Ashley Ruiz, the parish has seen record-breaking amounts of rain this year.

“Gonzales actually has already seen 50 inches of rain this year alone, about 30 (inches) for parts of Ascension Parish,” Ruiz said.

Over the weekend the parish received up to seven inches of rain, some residents began to flood since they were already facing standing water from the May floods.

The residents are calling on their council members to take charge before a hurricane hits the Baton Rouge area.

The parish has placed a 9-month moratorium on new development to help slow down flooding. However, days later officials removed the parish president from the drainage board and plan to fill the position in the coming weeks.

In light of the recent flooding, residents can self-report flood damage here.

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