Rains raise water levels in parish

Staff reports

Parish residents kept a watchful eye on rainfall tallies this week, and government officials were kept scrambling to keep up with rain and flash flood developments.

Ascension and Livingston parish officials closed Amite River and the Diversion Canal to recreational boat traffic Tuesday afternoon, saying both waterways will remain closed until further notice.

Exceptions will be made in case of emergency or to examine flood-threatened property, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said in a release.

“Out of an abundance of caution we feel it is necessary to close the river and diversion at this time,” Martinez said. “When the water returns to a safe level we will reopen these waterways.”

Portions of Ascension received more than of 10 total inches of rain since Dec. 7.

Rainfall totals at various points in Ascension Parish through Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. were as follows:

• Black Bayou east of Gonzales; 10.34 inches

• Bayou Conway near Sorrento; 10.10 inches

• Black Bayou at Hwy. 621; 9.60 inches

• Amite River at Port Vincent; 9.50 inches

• Panama Canal at Hwy. 44; 9.43 inches

• Henderson Bayou near Port Vincent; 9.15 inches

• New River near Sorrento; 9.00 inches

• Grand Goudine Bayou at Babin Rd.; 8.01 inches

• Manchac at Alligator Bayou; 7.56 inches

• Bayou Francois at US 61; 7.50 inches

• Welsh Gully at Broussard Rd.; 6.89 inches

• Muddy Creek at Manchac Acres Rd.; 6.42 inches

• Bayou Lafourche southwest of Donaldsonville; 5.36 inches

The parish received a breather from the heavy rains as flash flood warnings were lifted for the area Wednesday for the first time in several days.

While one of the pumps at Marvin Braud pumping station remains off-line and being repaired, East Ascension Drainage Director Bill Roux reported that the remaining four pumps are staying ahead of water while running at full capacity.