The river stages of the Amite River are seeing continual drops of 1.1 inches per hour, according to Rick Webre of the Ascension Parish Homeland Security. As of 8 a.m., the Amite River at Port Vincent was at 14.9 feet. He added that the river at French Settlement had crested sometime on Tuesday.
“Over the next 12 hours it should be below the historic flood level that we had in ’83,” Webre said.
For roads, there are still dozens or roads closed due to high water, though Airline Highway is open, except East of Sorrento, I-10 and La. 22.
Webre noted that voluntary evacuations are still in effect for residents in low-lying areas.
For those needing medical attention, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Prevost Hospital in Donaldsonville are fully operational and were not affected by flooding.
The Petro-chemical facilities throughout Ascension were also not impacted with flooding, though they have either reduced or halted production until further notice.
“We want the public to know that all their feed stock, that all their finished products are stable and secure,” Webre said.
Other highlights from the media briefing are as follows:
-As of Tuesday there were nearly 700 sheltered animals at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
-The City of Gonzales water has not been compromised. However, residents should use caution if they are on a well system.
-Ascension Parish can now get state and public assistance for flooding victims.
-Sorrento Town Hall has temporarily been relocated to the Ascension Parish Health Unit, 1024 SE Complex Blvd., Gonzales.
-School will remain closed throughout the week.
The briefings can be found on Channel 21 or Ascension Parish Government YouTube at 2 p.m., 6 p .m and 10 p.m. daily until the flood threats are over