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|Parish drainage issues discussed in D.C.|
Drainage issues in Concordia Parish were discussed with members of the state's Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., this week, specifically Cocodrie Bayou, said Heather Malone, Director of the Concordia Economic & Industrial Development Director.
Malone and other local officials traveled to the nation's capital this week to discuss a number of local matters.
She said a meeting was held with Sen. Mary Landrieu on Tuesday and meetings scheduled Wednesday with Sen. David Vitter and Congressman Rodney Alexander.
"We're talking about the need to remove bottlenecks, silt bars and other obstructions from Cocodrie Bayou," said Malone. "What we're looking for is the best way to get a permit to remove obstructions and how to fund the work."
The Police Jury has held numerous meetings on this issue over the past few years and has requested a Corps of Engineers' feasibility study for such work.
Malone said the Concordia delegation is discussing the need for operational gates on weirs on Wild Cow and Cocodrie bayous.
"One drainage problem has been getting the water from these structures to the pumps," said Malone, noting that this was a major problem during Hurricane Gustav last year, which dumped in excess of 20 inches of rain in a short time.
"We're beginning a process with our elected officials to make them aware of the drainage issues so they help us work through this with the Corps of Engineers," said Malone.
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