New Bayou Vista pumping station complete soon
By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
BAYOU VISTA — A new $2.6 million pumping station is slated to be in operation by September to replace a station that is 55 years old, according to Glen Elliott, chairman of Sub-Gravity Drainage District 1 of 2 for Bayou Vista.
The new pumping station will be located on Opperman Lane about 500 yards from the old pumping station. The old pumping station is scheduled to be torn down within the year, Elliott said.
The reason for building the new pumping station is that the old pumping station is “at the point of collapse,” Elliott said. “We need to do something with it for the future because if we lose the station, we have nothing.”
He said it is unknown whether the new pumping station will help with drainage during heavy rainfall.
Bayou Vista recently had two 500-year rain events in the past month, according to Elliott. “There’s no pumping system that can handle that kind of rain,” he said. “We don’t know that it’s (new pumping station) going to help any more other than to have the capacity to pump the water out a little bit quicker.”
The drainage district is doing what it can right now to clean out drainage culverts and get water off the streets after heavy rain.
A combination of state and parish funding is being used to build the new pumping station. “We have the capacity to add an additional pump if we come to the point we need it,” Elliott said.
Bayou Vista has one other pumping station located across the highway from the Bayou Vista Truck Plaza.
Since the last big rain event in Bayou Vista, the drainage district found some issues on the south side of the railroad tracks and got those taken care of, Elliott said.
After the rain Bayou Vista had on June 30, only David Road and Teche Road had water on them, but they got the water pumped off in “no time,” Elliott said. “We think we got our major issues taken care of, and we’re looking into the other issues in other areas to get the culverts cleaned out that may have some blockages in them.”