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|Ferriday seeks emergency status on water|
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin is seeking to have a state of emergency declared for the Town of Ferriday, which has been under a boiled water notice since Thursday.
"Anybody who knows anything about our water situation knows it's an emergency," McGlothin said.
The town cannot obtain state assistance unless an emergency situation is declared, he said.
Concordia Homeland Security Director Morris White said he has sent a declaration of emergency from the Police Jury and the Town of Ferriday to the Governor's Office. White is waiting to see how the water situation develops before filing the declaration.
"All it is going to take is a phone call," he said. "But right now the people are getting water 75 percent of the time. That's more than they could get from water buffaloes. The workers at the water plant are working hard to find out the problem."
McGlothin said Ferriday faces the same problem each summer when the level of Old River drops.
"The water is unusually low at Old River, which is kind of ironic considering the flooding we had earlier this year," McGlothin said. "We've got a lot of gunk in the water. We're having chemical reactions because of more organic matter, which is stopping up a filter. We're down to one filter working."
McGlothin said town employees have been backwashing from midnight to 3 a.m. just before the dialysis center opens.
McGlothin said without doing a backwash, both filters would go down and the town would be without water.
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