Parish declares war on overgrown ditches
But the difference isn’t being made by multi-million-dollar pumping stations or other expensive equipment. It’s the simple act of cleaning ditches.
“The vast majority of subdivisions in St. Charles Parish use open-swale drainage, which means the ditches are open rather than closed in with culverts and cleanouts,” Public Works Director Sam Scholle said. “Re-digging and cleaning ditches is a cost- and time-effective way to instantly improve drainage.”
Scholle said this recent campaign represents the first parish-wide ditch maintenance program in 10 years or more. Eight crews focused solely on ditch maintenance have been working simultaneously in all council districts.
If residents haven’t seen work going on around them, it’s just a matter of time before they will, according to Public Works Assistant Director Bob Dublan.
“This work has been a high priority for us,” he said. “If interior drainage is not effective, the water never gets to the pumping stations; it never gets to its final destination.”
Crews operate a backhoe to scoop out silt and weeds that have filled in ditches over time, depositing it into a dump truck being operated by another worker. Meanwhile, a crew member uses measurement equipment to ensure the correct depth in between each pass. Crews are also “blowing out” culverts with equipment to rid them of blockages and debris.
“We want to make what we have now work the way it’s supposed to work,” Scholle said.
Crews are paying special attention to the culverts’ relationship to the ditch beds and overall elevation.
For more information about the ditch maintenance program, contact the St. Charles Parish Public Works Department at (985) 783-5102.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
After finishing last season 14-1 and losing a host of key players to graduation,...
HBO is back in St. Charles Parish filming an eight-part series called “Quarry” that...
A St. Rose man has received a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the 2012...
Although Randall “Randy” Harvey had an idea he might be named Destrehan High School...
Ashlyn Frahm is this year’s salutatorian for Destrehan High School (DHS)....
Bent's RV is a Full Service RV Dealership in Louisiana.
DHS grad’s doodles outline dream to becoming a successful designer - 1157 views
Wayland Charles is devoutly set on pursuing his dream – to design shoes and clothing.