Parish spends $100,000 for Alligator Bayou drainage already in 2013
ASCENSION PARISH - Twice this year, Ascension Parish put in temporary pumps to flush out water from Alligator Bayou into Manchac Bayou, and on Monday, permanent pumps were at it again.
"It is about time they did it, and if it's something that will make the water go out faster, then that will be great," resident Lawrence Tamalo said. His backyard backs into Alligator Bayou.
The temporary pumps cost the parish $29,000 each time they were used. The permanent pumps cost $40,000 once, and each time it's used the parish will pay man hours and equipment fees.
"It's been quite a few years that the waters been this high," Ascension Parish president Tommy Martinez said.
The parish did not expect this much rain in such a short time and officials decided the permanent pumps were a better option instead.
While parish officials believe the pumps can do the job for now, they're more plans to fix the flooding in Alligator Bayou.
"We have a plan that we're looking at. We're going to add two more locks to double that capacity and also we're looking at bringing our levee up for more feet," Martinez said.