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Leaders want more pumps, stricter regulations after parish floods

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Posted: Jun 2, 2014 9:37 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jun 2, 2014 9:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Ascension, flooding, pumps, ease flooding, Darrow, retention ponds, stranded

GONZALES - Ascension Parish leaders discussed adding more pumps to ease flooding problems after last week's heavy rain.

"It was kind of an odd scenario because we saw more rain in a short time period than we would in a 100-year-flood," parish councilman Bryan Melancon said. "We got more rain in a 24-hour-period than we've ever seen really."

Rain totals in some parts of the parish hit a foot, according to weather experts at WBRZ.

The high water stranded many people, like Dana Cassie, of Darrow. She attended Monday's meeting frustrated.

"The problem is [the council] sat there and said it was [their] problem," Cassie said. To the council, she said: "You refuse to turn on pumps. You refuse to drudge ditches. You refuse to remove debris from the swamp so the water can flow. It's your fault. What are you going to do about it?"

In addition to adding extra pumps, leaders want to consider requiring retention ponds for new developments. Design specs would also have to handle additional runoff, too.

"We actually put somethings in motion that maybe would help," Melancon said. "We're looking at some new projects to alleviate the flooding in some of these basins and push them more toward the pumps that we already have."

One would be added to the large pump system, already in use.

The council is also looking at bringing in more pumps in the Panama Canal/Bayou Conway Basin near Sorrento, according to Melancon.

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