WEATHER: Ascension Parish President Declares State of Emergency

Allison B. Hudson

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez declared a State of Emergency in Ascension Parish Friday morning because of Tropical Depression 13 in the Gulf.

“We are declaring a State of Emergency as a precautionary measure,” President Martinez said. “We want to be prepared because there is a potential for flooding in some of our low-lying areas.”

President Martinez said the Marvin Braud Pump Station will be operating 24-hours-a-day through the weekend at a constant pace to keep waterway levels at a minimum.

“If winds get higher than predicted right now, we are advising parish residents to stay indoors and use common sense,” President Martinez said. “We urge them to stay off the roads if they don’t need to be out.”

Sand and sand bags are available at two Ascension Parish locations, parish officials said.

Sand and bags are available at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales, Barns 5 and 6.

Also, sand and bags are at the Old Pavilion behind the Lemann Center on Thibaut Drive in Donaldsonville, per Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan.

Officials said residents are advised to bring their own shovels.

Ascension Parish Department of Public Works employees will be on stand-by status all weekend in the event water accumulates on roadways and barricades are needed, or wind causes tree damage to public servitudes.

For more information, residents may visit the parish’s website at and look in the left column under sand and sand bag information. Or residents may call the Community Information Line at 1-866-380-2303. The phone line will be updated throughout the weekend.