Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said he met last week with two Ascension Parish residents who were concerned that Iberville Parish crews were not closing the Alligator Bayou floodgate quickly enough to protect their property from high water.


 

Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said he met last week with two Ascension Parish residents who were concerned that Iberville Parish crews were not closing the Alligator Bayou floodgate quickly enough to protect their property from high water.

Ourso said he told the residents “if we can't get there quick enough to close it, close it.”

“They have to notify us,” Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. added.

Ourso said he met with the residents at the request of Ascension Parish President Timmy Martinez, who has backed Ourso's action to keep the floodgate open except when there is a threat of backwater flooding from Bayou Manchac.

An Ascension Parish tour boat operator who wants the gates left closed to keep water levels up for his business has filed suit in an attempt to force Ourso to reverse the action.

Iberville Parish landowners, however, had asked the parish president to take the action to protect their property.

Ourso cited as evidence the policy was working that there had been no requests for sandbags in East Iberville during heavy rains in December.