At the 2 p.m. briefing, APSO spokeswoman, Allison B. Hudson announced that the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has established a substation in St. Amant in the Venue parking lot on La. 431 to help with rapid response in that area.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting patrols to ensure the safety of its residents and to protect homes and possessions. Deputies will have a larger presence in those areas that suffered extensive damage to prevent any criminal activity.
"We understand that residents want to return to their homes, please be prepared to show identification and justification to return to your homes so that we can confirm your need to be there," the office said.
As disaster assistance begins, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office wants to urge Ascension residents affected by the August flooding events to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud. Scam artists and other criminals may attempt to prey on people in need of assistance. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid. Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text or in person. If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or the Sheriff's office at (225) 621-8301.
I-10 is open through Ascension Parish. La. 30 at Airline is now open and La. 30 at La. 941 is open. LA. 22 at Airline is still closed.
Additional road closures will be posted periodically through the day on Facebook.
You can view the 2 p.m. briefing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdLYEVIk1yc&sns=em