During the 6 p.m. briefing, Rick Webre from Ascension Parish Homeland Security announced that the Amite River at Port Vincent has shown a decrease in flood levels. The river is currently at 13.5 feet, over a foot decrease since the 14.9 feet that it was at this morning around 8 a.m.

Webre also noted that a boil advisory is in effect for residents living in Bayou Estates, River Run, Cypress Lakes and New River. The boil will remain in effect until further notice.

Ward Webb from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said there will be a larger presence of patrolling officers in areas affected by the flood in order to avoid looting and criminal activity.

“We understand residents that may want to return to their residence, please be prepared to show identification and justification for your return to your home,” Webb said.

He added that the curfew throughout Ascension has been lifted, though should the need arise it could be reinstated. 

Though much of the information remains the same, below are some of the points discussed during the briefing:

-The number of evacuees at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center has decreased. There are a little over 500 people at the shelter as of 6 p.m.

-Search and rescue crews are on stand-by if needed to rescue individuals trapped in flooded homes or areas

-More than 800 animals are being sheltered at Lamar-Dixon. The animal shelter is in desperate need of volunteers that have experience with horses.

- La. 30 between Airline Highway and I-10 remains closed 

- The Secretary of FEMA will tour Ascension Parish tomorrow to visit impacted areas

-For FEMA claims, 800-621-3362

-Gonzales City Hall is closed due to high water