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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Drainage Pump System Protects Assumption Parish Residents   [open pdf - 32KB]

Alternate Title: Drainage Pump System Protects Assumption Parish Residents

"When the waters start to rise, the pumps get going in low-lying Assumption Parish -- thanks to a mitigation measure that has saved the parish from flooding time and time again. Located 60 miles west of New Orleans, the parish is nestled along Bayou Lafourche just south of the Mississippi River. Its southernmost tip sits about 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Miles upon miles of lakes and bayous meander through the parish. It's most vulnerable areas include Bayou L'Ourse and the low-lying areas of Pierre Part, which has the largest portion of the parish's 23,000 inhabitants. Starting in the 1970s, parish authorities had drainage pumps installed to deal with Mississippi River flooding and deluges from heavy rains, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Today, Assumption Parish has 66 strategically located pumping stations standing ready when storms strike."

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