Martinez rescinds state of emergency for Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez on Friday rescinded the state of emergency he declared for the parish on May 30, following two days of extensive rainfall that led to flash flooding in areas throughout the parish.

On Thursday, officials learned the parish isn’t eligible for federal aid because damage assessments don’t reach thresholds for the funds.

“Unfortunately, we’re not going to be eligible for any federal aid for this disaster,” Rick Webre, director of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told West Ascension drainage officials in Donaldsonville at their meeting Thursday night.

Webre told officials that 109 uninsured homes were flooded in Ascension Parish but not enough of those homes, as well as other homes in St. James Parish, met federal criteria to receive individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Martinez had declared the state of emergency on May 30 to ensure the parish would be considered for federal and state disaster relief funding.

Ten to 15 inches of rain fell over two days late last month in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption and St. James.