Ascension Parish dials back estimate of house flooding
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government has significantly reduced its estimate of house flooding, one day after parish officials announced flooding had affected 30,000 to 40,000 homes.
Officials said Thursday revised numbers suggest 16,000 to 19,000 structures were affected to some extent, similar to earlier numbers released about the flooding after historic storms battered the Baton Rouge region.
Parish officials said they were revising their previous statement and the 30,000-to-40,000 homes figure represented only "potential" flooding impact, contradicting statements on Wednesday that in fact those homes were flooded to some extent.
Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, said state officials believe the total statewide figure is sure to exceed 100,000 homes.