Ascension Parish residents anxiously wait for solution to flooding

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 7:01 PM CDT
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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Ascension Parish officials say they started running the pumps the day before the heavy rain passed through the area, so they could start pumping out as much as possible immediately and those pumps are still operating.

According to leaders, unfortunately, at this point, it’s just a waiting game. But one homeowner said she wants to see this issue resolved quickly and for the long haul.

“So, for the last six weeks, we’ve had the water probably behind the swing set,” said Natalie Gros.

She said her family has lived in the home on Bluff Road since 2008 and flooding is nothing new.

“This has been a problem since before 2016 and we thought maybe there was a plan in effect to get it drained ... faster,” Gros explained.

She added she and her husband have contacted their local representatives to ask what’s being done but found no luck.

“We never got a definitive answer on how fast we can get this water out to help us and prevent us from dealing with this right now,” Gros continued.

The water in her backyard has seeped its way in and her front yard is no better. But luckily, she has a line of defense.

“It’s all around the perimeter. It’s really creating a barrier. We have the Visqueen and then, you put the sandbags on top, and hope for the best,” Gros described as she presented her house’s protective barrier.

But she didn’t stack them herself. Lucky for her, she has some incredible neighbors. They worked from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. but it didn’t stop there.

“They had an assembly line and made us turkey sandwiches, ham and cheese, peanut butter, ice chests full of drinks, and then, we also had another neighbor order us pizza,” said Gros.

She said she’s extremely grateful for the help she was given but hopes it won’t be necessary moving forward.

“We don’t want this to be a norm,” she said.

RELATED: Ascension Parish President proposes year-long moratorium on new developments for drainage issues

As previously reported, there is a moratorium scheduled to begin starting Thursday, May 20, putting a stop to any new development in Ascension Parish until officials can figure out a plan to better address flooding and infrastructure. Those talks will begin on June 3, 2021.

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