Ascension work continues on flooding issues
ASCENSION PARISH - Officials in flood-prone Ascension hope a new machine can help stop the tide.
Flooding problems are as old as the family homestead on Tullier Road in Ascension, where some have even built their own flood walls to fight back.
"It comes close to getting in everybody's house back here," said Milton Tullier, who lives on the street.
Tullier said sandbags saved have saved the day before. And now the parish hopes their new method of stockpiling sandbags will prove effective.
"Those areas depend on sandbags if we get a high water or backwater flood event," said Bill Roux, director of the East Ascension Drainage District.
A new machine has the ability to fill and seal up to 1,200 sandbags an hour. That saves the residents the old method of back-breaking work, where they had to shovel and seal the bags on their own.
Ascension is 60 percent protected by a levee system built by the parish. Ongoing work should extend that system soon to cover even more.
"Portion of the parish that needs to sandbag homes, hopefully won't need it in the next five years," Roux said.
Good news for Tullier, who doesn't plan on leaving his low-lying home anytime soon.
"This is our old homestead and just like the old saying, there's no place like home," Tullier said.