PLAQUEMINE, La (NBC33) - — Iberville Parish hasn't had a medical facility since 2008 and resdients say they're glad that this is about to change. "I think it's wonderful. We need it. We've been needing it and it can't come fast enough," says Plaquemine resident Lynn Brown.
The medical facility is going to be built near the corner of LA 1 and Senator Gaye Boulevard. It's being paid for with more than $20 million in hurricane disaster recovery funding. Those that live here say it's a top priority for the community because Hurrican Gustav destroyed their old hospital. "It's been a long time and it used to be so easy to have it here and it just can't come fast enough. It's been terrible, especially for the older people . They can't travel that far. They need somehting close," says Brown. "If you try and get across the bridge at four in the afternoon. It's almost impossible. You're going to die in the hospital," says Plaquemine resident Lloyd Bouchereau.
The new hospital provides a way for people in Iberville Parish to get emergency treatment much closer to home. "Emergency services. It takes so long to get to Baton Rouge. That's our closest hospital and with traffic it would be terrible," sas Brown. "We definitely need something in Plaquemine for emergencies more than anything else," says Bouchereau.