May 15, 2013 10:15 AM by AP
Expansion of a key pump station that drains a large swath of East Ascension is getting the final touches and will be ready when hurricane season starts June 1.
Parish officials tell The Advocate the $13.3 million expansion is adding a sixth pump and the bay for a future seventh pump to the massive Marvin J. Braud Pumping Station in the McElroy Swamp in southeast Ascension.
The station's existing five pumps can move 5,000 cubic feet per second of water and drain a 76-square-mile area that extends into Gonzales and southern Prairieville.
The pump station expansion is one of two major East Ascension drainage works underway during the past two years.