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|Leaders clash over parish drainage|
Local residents crowded into the Concordia Parish Police Jury meeting room Monday night to complain about drainage in the wake of a 100-year-event last week when a storm dumped more than 10 inches of rain in a matter of hours.
The Vidalia area received 10-plus inches of rain on Wednesday, Aug. 18, said Morris White, Concordia Director of Homeland Security. The result of the heavy rains in some cases was flooded streets and flooded homes.
According to the Louisiana Office of Climatology, a rain of 10.9 inches in 12 hours is a 100-year flood event in this region.
One of the issues hotly debated Monday night was whether parish drainage was partly responsible for flooding conditions. Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland and Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington clashed over this issue.
Copeland was critical of the Jury: "It's your responsibility to keep the Vidalia Canal and Cocodrie Bayou clean. We've had these drainage problems time and time again. What has been done?"
Ferrington said "we got 10 inches of rain or more all at one time and it's not the Vidalia Canal or Cocodrie Bayou that caused the flooding. Nobody is to blame for this. It was a flood. The water didn't have time to drain off."
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