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|Heavy rains blamed for rise on Lake Concordia|
Heavy rains caused the water level on Lake Concordia to rise several inches last week in a short period of time.
The issue was discussed at the Concordia Parish Police Jury regular meeting Monday night.
Johnny Patrick, one of the volunteers serving on the Lake Concordia Advisory Committee, estimated that about three inches of rain fell in a two to three hour period on Monday, March 3.
"The lake probably jumped seven to eight inches by the end of the day Tuesday running into everybody yards and into fields across the lake," he said. Some "low-water" piers used for swimming and boat decks went under water and others were threatened.
Patrick said there are two weirs on the lake located at the KOA campground.
The newest weir, the largest, has a concrete spill over vat. When heavy rains fell on March 3, Patrick said swirling waters were moving so quickly that logs were constantly jamming the structures.
"The logs would jam back up as soon as we cleaned it out," said Patrick.
He said the "crank-type gate" on the new weir is missing the wheel used to open or shut the structure and the committee asked jurors to replace it.
The lake level dropped about six inches during the past few days, said Patrick, adding that "we hope to get some cushion and get it a foot lower before the next big rain."
Serving with Patrick on the volunteer advisory board for Lake Concordia are James King, Ronnie Hendricks, William Hall and Joe Aucoin.
Lake St. John faired much better than during the heavy rains.
Tom Bell said pool stage on the lake is 54.9 mean sea level and the level stood at 55.40 and was dropping through Monday.
There are two control structures on the lake -- a weir and a self-regulating structure.
"The draw down structure is wheeled and in an emergency we can open gates and relieve extra water, but we seldom have to do that," said Bell.
Jury President Melvin Ferrington said Jury crews have been busy "unstopping culverts and clogged drainage ditches."
In other business, the Jury:
• Adopted a resolution approving a library millage renewal election for July and recorded the approval resolution in the minutes.
• Named juror Jerry Beatty to the Northeast RC&D Council for the 2008-09 fiscal years.
• Voted to readvertise for renovation work at the health unit after receiving no bids Monday night.
• Moved Hazel Dickson from an interim position as secretary to permanent position as secretary-treasurer and authorized a payment increase. Jurors commended her on her work performance.
• Voted to pay $7,658.31 to the Secretary of State for election expenses.
• Voted to pay $200 for 2008 registration at the annual Louisiana Airport Manager Conference, and agreed to provide spraying services for weed and grass control at the airport and once-a-month janitorial service.
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