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Channel could control flooding

2 years ago July 02, 2012 Jul 2, 2012 Monday, July 02 2012 Monday, July 02, 2012 4:32:00 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- A channel is in the works in Ascension Parish to prevent flooding. Officials say if the channel isn't built, hundreds of people could be flooded out of their homes.

The channel would connect Frog Bayou to Alligator Bayou, and then water would flow into Bayou Manchac. Some residents like James Brown, who's lived in the parish for 56 years, think this isn't enough.

"I love it all, but the drainage," says Brown.

After the aging Frog Bayou lock failed, parish officials proposed digging a 400- to 600-foot-long channel that will connect Frog Bayou to Alligator Bayou.

"It mandates we find another way to drain the water out of Bluff Swamp," said Ascension Parish Drainage Director Bill Roux.

As of now, nothing is set in stone. Parish officials say it's simply a proposal.

"We want to make sure number one, it will work, it will drain like we predict, the other thing, we don't want any negative affect from this," said Roux.

But Brown isn't convinced.  He says he's experienced flooding quite a few times, and this channel isn't going to make things any different.

"I think it's going to put more water on here," he said. "If we get water here, sometimes it's three months before it get off my property."

But parish officials are sure their plan will work, and they're asking residents living near the bayous to just give them a chance before they make up their minds.

"We ask for them to wait till we get the engineering reports in," Roux said.

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