NEWS

Parish roads closed, flash flood watch issued

Staff reports
Water floods both lanes of Bayou Narcisse Road between Roddy Road and Hwy. 431 in the St. Amant area Tuesday afternoon. Ascension Parish officials closed more than 30 roadways throughout the parish Tuesday due to the flooding.

Heavy rain resulted in several road closures throughout Ascension Parish, according to officials. The parish also was placed under a flash flood watch through Tuesday afternoon as more rain was forecast.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 2-4 inches of rain had fallen throughout the parish, with localized rain reported up to 4.5 inches.

Eight roadways which were closed earlier have reopened.

Those are:

• Hwy. 930 at Henry, Prairieville

• Tiggy Duplessis at Hwy. 621, Duplessis

• Roy Rogers at James, Prairieville

• Melancon Rd., Sorrento

• Walter Hill Rd., Hillaryville

• Marchand School Rd., Hillaryville

• Edmond Brignac Rd., Lake

• Summerfield Rd., Summerfield

The following roads/intersections remain closed because of standing water:

• South Hodgeson at Clouatre, Gonzales

• Bayou Narcisse between Roddy and Hwy. 431, Gonzales

• Palmetto Lane (Country Ridge subdivision), Prairieville

• Silver Oak Drive, Gonzales

• Hwy. 308, Donaldsonville

• Evangeline Ave., Donaldsonville

• Pelican Crossing, Darrow

• New Sharper Road off Hwy. 73

• New Orleans Drive (River Ridge subdivision off Hwy. 22)

• Ruby at Brittany, Sorrento

• Louis White at McDaniels, Dutchtown

• Beau Douglas at Pelican Point, Darrow

• Split Log Road, St. Amant

• Alex Reine, St. Amant

• Shadow Creek Road, Gonzales

• East Ashland Dr., Gonzales

• South Meadowood, Gonzales

• Southwood Ave., Gonzales

• River Road at New Orleans Drive

• Ernest Floyd Road, Sorrento

• Paul Road, Sorrento

• Amite River Rd., Brignac

• Broussard Rd., Prairieville

The three major river stages in the parish remained below flood stage:

• Bayou Manchac at Little Prairie: 7.00 feet at noon; flood stage is 10 feet

• Amite River at Port Vincent: 4.34 feet at 3:15 p.m.; flood stage is 8 feet

• Amite River near French Settlement: 2.87 feet at 1 p.m.; flood stage is 4 feet

Bayou Lafourche southwest of Donaldsonville was reported at 11.02 feet at 3:25 p.m., higher

than any other reading taken there since 1997.

Sand for sand bags are available at DPW headquarters on Churchpoint Road in Gonzales and at the DPW office in Donaldsonville. The parish’s pumping stations in Sorrento and at McElroy (Marvin Braud) are both running at full capacity.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a flash flood watch Tuesday morning for portions of southeast Louisiana, including Ascension. The advisory states that additional heavy rainfall of 1-2 inches is expected with localized heavier amounts of 3-4 inches possible.