ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – After a few delays due to weather, Vegetation Management crews are working full steam ahead to clean up the parish.
An Ascension Parish spokesperson said crews are responsible for maintaining sandbag inventory, operating tractor pumps throughout the parish and litter control.
Since May, crews have been working to maintain pumping stations along Alligator Bayou Road. Tropical Storm Claudette also hindered progress in June when crews were busy filling over 40,000 sandbags in preparation.
“But, I’m excited to say they are certainly making up for lost time!” said President Cointment. “This week, grass cutting crews were out in full force and managed to complete 211 miles of roadside ditches.”
Due to wet grounds, 90% of work was done to roadside ditches.
Ascension Parish Vegetation Management Department has divided the work into zones within the parish.
On July 20, Ascension Parish beings a labor contract with Life House providing additional crew members to help maintain sandbags.
“To further my commitment to providing transparency in all areas of this Parish, every Friday we will post where our vegetation crews have been and where they are going the following week,” said President Cointment. “I look forward to expanding this throughout all of the services the Parish provides to help keep our residents better informed.”