Ascension Parish declares State of Emergency ahead of Ida, ready for storm's impacts
GONZALES- Parish President Clint Cointment declared a state of emergency in Ascension Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida's arrival.
Parish leaders said they are ready for whatever the storm will bring.
Sheriff Bobby Webre said inmates spent the day filling sandbags that are being delivered around the parish in case people want them. High water vehicles and boats are on standby and were checked today in case they are needed. They will be placed strategically in the parish just in case.
"It's important to have good assets when you do something like this," Webre said. "The high water vehicles will be used if we need to. Right now, the preps are operational. We will stage these throughout the parish."
Friday, deputies began placing aluminum shutters on the windows of the building to make sure they are protected from flying debris.
Parish President Clint Cointment said in a news release that the parish's pumps are also ready.
"Since the heavy rains the Parish experienced in may, water levels in bayous and streams have been kept at the lowest levels possible to accommodate extra rainfall. Parish pumping stations are not yet activated because of low water levels, but crews are manning them around the clock and are on full alert," the release said.
Webre said this will be an all hands on deck event. Any deputies who have vacations scheduled will have to postpone it.
He also had a special message for anyone who tries to break the law.
"There's always a possibility of bad actors during a storm," Webre said. "So what we do we will double up our shifts so we will have twice as many deputies on the streets during that time. During Gustav we had storefront damage and we had to place deputies there. If we have a lot of damage we will call on the sheriff's task force...our neighbors who have not received damage and the national guard."
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Waffle House shooting leaves teen dead, 2 others hurt in Ascension
Raging car fire caught on video at Siegen Lane intersection
Coast Guard rescues 7 people, dog from burning boat in gulf
False River shut down Saturday after deadly boating accident; person still missing
Video shows aftermath of triple shooting in Ascension
Southern baseball wins game one 21-2 over Alcorn
VIDEO: Former Saints and Tiger Devery Henderson talks about the difference between...
New NCAA rules tweak opens door for more SEC dominance
VIDEO: Devery Henderson Talk about Bluegrass Miracle and the Saints "Rebirth game"
VIDEO: Former Tigers and Saints receiver Devery Henderson talks with Corey Rholdon...