LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Last night Ascension Parish approved a nine-month moratorium on development. This is getting other parishes talking.
Flooding and drainage has been a constant problem for Livingston Parish residents.
“Every time it would rain, we would run to the neighborhood to see, okay is there standing water and is it flooding?” asked resident Jamie Ellzey.
The parish is rapidly growing. Some believe drainage and infrastructure must catch up.
“I really believe it needs to be thought out more to prevent all the flooding that’s coming into the area,” said Ellzey.
Resident Samuel Gilbrech said, “It could be avoided, and they need to keep working on drainage so it can be avoided for ninety percent of people or more.”
Some residents believe Livingston Parish should follow surrounding parishes’ lead by putting a moratorium on development to help address drainage issues.
“If we can prevent some of these bigger neighborhoods from coming in, I think it will alleviate some of the water standing,” said Ellzey.
Gilbrech said, “It definitely wouldn’t hurt, especially with hurricane season coming around, when we get the bulk of our flooding.”
Flash flooding has affected communities across the parish.
He said, “It’s a hassle. It’s a headache, the cleanup, the reparations, just the long term affect it has on the houses.”
They hope a pause on development would contribute to the future success of the parish.
Ellzey said, “To keep all of these businesses and homes flourishing i think it’s going to be beneficial in the long run for everybody.”
This is an ongoing conversation among the community.