Parish doling out sand bags to fight flooding on Amite River

Wade McIntyre

Rising backwater in the wake of Hurricane Gustav has prompted parish officials to take all requests for sandbags from parish residents, Parish President Tommy Martinez said Friday afternoon.

“Rising water is a moderate concern at this time,” Martinez said.

Martinez said residents in need of assistance can call the Ascension Parish Department of Public Works office at 621-5730.

In other matters, Martinez asked area residents to use caution when connecting and using generators, as several recent fires in the Gonzales area have been attributed to generator problems.

Promise Hospital of Ascension in Gonzales and Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville were still without power Friday afternoon, but Martinez said he hoped Promise Hospital would have its power restored Friday.

He cautioned residents that the process of returning energy to the parish will continue “for a few more weeks.”

Getting services to stores, gas stations and other businesses will help relieve some of the stress from the residents due to the outages, Martinez said.

 “Seeing the stop lights coming up, supplies getting out and stores opening, we hope, is a boost to the public’s confidence,” he said.

Martinez also said he was meeting with FEMA officials regarding “logistics for delivery of supplies.”

The ban on burning debris in the parish is ongoing, Martinez said.

“We’re pleased with the spirit of cooperation everyone has shown,” the parish president said.

“There’s been no panic, just an orderly process of getting things done. We’re all tired, but we’re getting the job done. I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with.”