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Ascension Parish officials create ‘cut’ in Alligator Bayou Road to drain water from Spanish Lake/Bluff Swamp

Ascension Parish officials are planning on creating a 'cut' in Alligator Bayou Road to allow...
Ascension Parish officials are planning on creating a 'cut' in Alligator Bayou Road to allow additional water to drain from Spanish Lake/Bluff Swamp into Bayou Manchac.(Ascension Parish Government)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 12:56 PM CDT
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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Officials with Ascension Parish Government say they are planning on creating a “cut” in Alligator Bayou Road to allow additional water to drain from Spanish Lake/Bluff Swamp into Bayou Manchac.

There were six pumps being operated at the site on the morning of Wednesday, May 26 and two more pumps are expected to go online before the end of the day.

Crews cut Alligator Bayou Rd to allow the Bluff Swamp/Alligator Bayou/Fish Bayou to drain into...
Crews cut Alligator Bayou Rd to allow the Bluff Swamp/Alligator Bayou/Fish Bayou to drain into Bayou Manchac.(Chase Melancon)

According to Ascension Parish Councilman, Chase Melancon, the pumps are temporary ones crews have had online all week pumping Bluff Swamp level into Bayou Manchac.

Crews cut Alligator Bayou Rd. to allow the Bluff Swamp/Alligator Bayou/Fish Bayou to drain into...
Crews cut Alligator Bayou Rd. to allow the Bluff Swamp/Alligator Bayou/Fish Bayou to drain into Bayou Manchac.(Chase Melancon)

Melancon says Bayou Manchac has been higher than the Bluff Swamp this week, causing crews to wait to cut the road until Bayou Manchac’s water levels decreased.

Residents in the area can expect to see relief soon.

The temporary bridge is where crews cut Alligator Bayou Rd. to allow the swamp to free flow...
The temporary bridge is where crews cut Alligator Bayou Rd. to allow the swamp to free flow into Bayou Manchac.(Chase Melancon)

Crews began cutting the road on Friday, May 28.

Drivers should be aware that Alligator Bayou Road will remain closed until further notice. The area is an active construction and access will only be given to authorized personnel.

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