NEWS

Most Ascension Parish roads reopen

Staff reports

A day after 31 roads closed in Ascension Parish due to flooding, all but four roads have reopened, according to parish officials.

As of Wednesday morning, the four closed roads were:

• South Hodgeson at Clouatre, Gonzales

• South Meadowood, Gonzales

• Southwood Avenue, Gonzales

• Amite River Road, Brignac

Three major river stages in the parish remained below flood stage Wednesday morning:

• Bayou Manchac at Little Prairie: 6.16 feet at 8 a.m.; flood stage is 10 feet

• Amite River at Port Vincent: 4.4 feet at 8:15 a.m.; flood stage is 8 feet

• Amite River near French Settlement: 3.00 feet at 5 a.m.; flood stage is 4 feet

Bayou Lafourche southwest of Donaldsonville was reported at 8.58 feet at 8:43 a.m., down from a

reading of over 11 feet on Tuesday. However, it is still one of the highest readings there since 1997.

East Ascension Drainage Director Bill Roux reports that all five pumps at the parish’s Marvin Braud pumping facility at McElroy continue to run at full capacity and will likely continue to do so through Wednesday night. Roux said while water levels have dropped about 1½ feet at the pumping station, waterways in Gonzales and the Pelican Point/Sorrento areas remain high because of the large volume of water in the Amite River basin.