ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish leaders are warning residents to be ready for historic backwater flooding from the Amite River, Bayou Manchac and the Diversion Canal.
Parish President Kenny Matassa compared it to how it was in 2001 with Tropical Storm Allison. He said some of the worst could come early next week.
Bill Roux, the parish's drainage director, said this will affect residents along Alligator Bayou Road and areas behind that, including Bluff Swamp, Spanish Lake as well as low-lying areas along Bayou Manchac, the Amite River, Muddy Creek Basin, and any bridges crossing these waterways.
He said crews will try help give residents a way to get across Muddy Creek and Little Prairie bridges.
"We expect Hwy. 431 to overtop near Port Vincent," Roux said. "Lake Martin will be affected by high water from the Amite River. The roads are expected to be impacted including all low lying areas along the Amite River, Lake Villar, Summerfield, Lake Martin, Hwy. 431, and Gold Place Road. The area of Sorrento south of La. 22, including low lying areas along Bayou Conway and Panama Canal, specifically Raymond Tullier Road and Brittany Street and surrounding areas are expected to be impacted."
According to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, parish employees and inmates have been continuously filling sandbags, distributing more than 30,000 bags this week.
"For those who are attempting to travel to view flooding – please refrain from traveling on the flooded roadways. A wake from those drivers could go into someone's home," Sheriff Wiley said.