Ascension Parish pumps working fine
GONZALES- The Marvin J. Braud pumping station in Ascension Parish was working in full force last week when record rains pummeled the parish.
Six pumps help drain the upper part of the parish including the communities of St. Amant and Gonzales, but the lower part of the parish filled up with water during the storm.
"When that storm it filled up all of this storage basin in St. James Parish before it even got to us, so as that band of showers was coming up it was filling the drainage basin, as it was going up it had no place to go because it was already full," said Bill Roux, the drainage director in Ascension Parish.
The drainage crews plan to clear out some bayous and dredge a few places in that area to help with drainage, but at this point, it doesn't seem that pumps would help.
"You limit your flood plain capacity within that area by putting levees in and putting the pumps there and in a lot of situations it's not good to put pumps unless you absolutely have to," said Roux.
Ascension hopes to install a seventh pump at the pumping station and will open new flood control structures later this summer.