One Marvin Braud pump out; flood watch continues

Staff Reports

East Ascension Drainage Director Bill Roux reported in a release that one of the five pumps at the parish’s Marvin Braud pumping facility at McElroy is off-line, and is expected to be repaired by the end of the week at the earliest.

The other four pumps have been running at capacity for the past week and continue to do so.

Ascension Parish remained under a flash flood watch Tuesday while rain continued to fall across the area. One to three inches of rain is expected through Tuesday, with higher amounts of 4-6 inches possible in localized areas.

Most of the east bank of Ascension Parish drains into the Amite basin through the Marvin Braud facility.

The following roads in Ascension Parish were closed Tuesday due to high water as of 9:30 a.m.: Amite River Rd., Brignac; Summerfield South Rd., Summerfield; Airport Rd., Summerfield; Paul Road Extension., Sorrento; South Hodgenson at Clouatre, Gonzales; and St. Landry Rd., Gonzales

The major river stages in the parish remained below flood stage Tuesday morning. They are expected to crest below flood stage this week:

• Bayou Manchac at Little Prairie: 7.61 feet at 8:30 a.m.; flood stage is 10 feet, no forecast crest available.

• Amite River at Manchac Point: 7.7 feet at 5:30 a.m.; flood stage is 9 feet, forecast crest is 8.5 feet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

• Amite River at Port Vincent: 5.54 feet at 8:15 a.m.; flood stage is 8 feet, forecast crest is 7.0 feet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

• Amite River near French Settlement: 3.72 feet at 5 a.m.; flood stage is 4 feet, no forecast crest available.

• Bayou Lafourche southwest of Donaldsonville: 7.7 feet at 5:30 a.m.; no flood stage listed.

 As of Tuesday morning, there were no reports of major structural flooding in Ascension Parish due flood waters, according to parish officials.