Federal authorities destroys dozens of flood-prone houses in Ascension
GONZALES – Demolition of houses broken by flooding on Silverleaf Road in Gonzales started on Monday.
“What you’ve gotten here’s a neighborhood that flooded fairly often, and the town placed on a program to purchase the homes,” stated Matt Percy, Gonzales’ lawyer.
Two giant excavators have been available to demolish houses that have been a part of a federal buyout of greater than 40 houses on Silverleaf. Homes consistently inundated and closely broken through the 2016 flood.
“Anytime you’ve gotten heavy rain for a couple of hours, the flooding begins,” stated Charles Percy.
Percy is the affiliate pastor on the Gonzales Baptist Temple, lower than a block from Silverleaf.
“As soon as the entire road was constructed, the flooding began,” Ross stated.
Ross says the church constructed a three-foot concrete barrier across the church to maintain water out as a result of it floods so much. The affiliate pastor believes the Silverleaf houses have been the issue.
“I am sorry for the individuals who owned the homes and needed to undergo
all they did, however I feel it is higher for everybody that they arrive down now and cease the flooding, ”Ross stated.
The buyout was accomplished in August final yr, however a authorized battle between the demolition firms, which continues to be in courtroom, delayed the dismantling by a number of months.
Officers within the city of Gonzales have taken emergency motion, though this case continues to be in courtroom, as they are saying empty homes pose a hazard to the general public.
“The home windows have been ripped off, the plumbing was ripped off, issues have been being faraway from the property and there was proof of individuals breaking via the partitions,” stated Percy.
The demolition is anticipated to be accomplished in 60 days.