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|Police Jury seeks help on Cocodrie work|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday night to ask the U.S. Corps of Engineers for a permit to remove debris and silt from Cocodrie Bayou and to ask for federal and state funding to perform the work.
That action came during the Jury's regular meeting.
"We need a study to find out why the water is not getting to the pumps and a Corps' permit will do us no good without funding," said Jury President Melvin Ferrington. "This is a starting point. We need federal and state help."
The Jury also agreed to seek rights-of-way and to clean out debris and silt on Cross Bayou from Turtle Lake to Cocodie to improve drainage there.
A number of meetings have been held in recent days to discuss drainage parishwide, especially the need to improve the flow through Bayou Cocodrie which is the main drainage source in the parish. The need for the improvement was heightened during the heavy rains brought by Hurricane Gustav September 1-3.
According to a report filed by Homeland Security Director Morris White, there are "a number of sand restrictions in Cocodrie Bayou."
White said there are "two sand and mud restrictions in the bayou" from the boat ramp on Poole Road to the Vidalia Canal, and that at the canal "there is a narrowing in the bayou" where a third "sand and mud restriction" is located.
"There are numerous other sand/mud restrictions all along the rest of the bayou all the way down to Hwy. 565," he said. "When the bayou is low there are lots of trees and debris that has settled in the bayou causing fill-ins and restricting the water flow to the Cocodrie Bayou pumping station."
He said the bayou "is in need of some cleaning out where it has been filled in by dirt and debris especially at certain points along the way there heavy fill has occurred."
In other business, the Jury:
— Appointed Heather Malone to the Kisatchie-Delta Board of Directors.
— Approved the transfers of $2,000 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund, $5,000 from the Drainage Maintenance Fund to the General Fund and $48,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
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