Preplan Action: Keeping the Community of Donaldsonville safe and dry

Allison B. Hudson

The ISSUE

Watching various media outlets and being aware with the surroundings, many are aware of the rising water levels in our state of Louisiana in the past few weeks. Officials across the state are projecting what could be the highest water levels since 1973. City Officials are asking that the public adhere to the demands of elected officials.

Dale Dennis and Gerald Alexander, two representatives for West Ascension, along with city officials are working to make sure residents are safe.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

“People need to take this serious, as a precaution,” said Mayor Leroy Sullivan.

“We want to just inform the public, this is not a time to panic but a time to become aware of this matter and be prepared,” he added.

If residents should have questions, Mayor Leroy Sullivan can answer all direct questions, as he is the contact person for West Ascension.

Residents are asked to adhere to the revised statue 38:213, which reads, riding or hauling on levees prohibited. No person shall ride, drive, or haul upon the public levees or integrated coastal protection projects except where, in the judgment of the levee commissioners of a district and the Department of Transportation and Development, or, for levees or integrated coastal protection projects in the coastal area as defined in R.S. 49:214.2(3), the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, ample provision has been made to guard against any damage to which the levees or integrated coastal protection projects may thereby be exposed from wear, tear, and abuse. Whoever violates this Section shall be fined not more than fifty dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.

The Atchafalaya/Lafourche levee districts in coordination with Chief Deputy Tony Bacala of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office are not taking this matter lightly. Deputies will be patrolling twenty-four hours a day/ seven days a week, and violators will not be warned.

WHAT’S NEXT

At a later date, through different organization outlets will be contacted for a townhall meeting for any additional questions and concerns.

“With collective orders, we will have a safer place to live,” said Mayor Sullivan