Ascension Parish residents fight off high waters from heavy rains

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Unrelenting waters and flash flooding in Ascension Parish Wednesday left thousands flocking to Lamar Dixon for sand bags to try and hold back the water.

Warren Hebert and helpers built a sand fortress around his mother-in-law's house on King Road that was threatened by flooding higher than he's seen in over 35 years.

"I've been around the family since 77 and officially met her in 76 when we first met and it's never been this bad," said Hebert.

On Highway 30 Chef John Folse encountered his own water invasion.

"It's been like this every single year," said Folse.

Folse had pictures that showed severe flooding, but this time may finally be enough to force him to move somewhere else.

"You know we always try one more year. Let's wait one more year, but now I have three buildings under water about six inches in each one and of course there's a huge amount of damage and cost this time," added Folse.

In Donaldsonville, Alice Joseph also dealt with flooding in her home.

"I've seen water that comes off the road and it builds up here but it goes away. This time it  came in the house and didn't go away," said Joseph.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said pumps ran at full capacity throughout the day and parish crews and inmates distributed thousands of sand bags.

"When people see water rising in their yard they start panicking and rightfully so. We hope that's why we want to get this sand bag operation going," said Martinez. "You're always battling especially when you live in a low-lying area."

Hebert wondered when the fight would end.

"We're waiting for this to stop at any moment. We want it to stop now," said Hebert.

The Ascension Parish Public Works Department will resume its sandbag operation Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Lamar Dixon Center.

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