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|Businesses, schools coping with water problem|
Like Ferriday residents, businesses, schools and other operations are coping as best they can with the water shortage in town.
"We have called our teachers back in today (Wednesday) for staff development," according to Concordia Parish School Superintendent Loretta Blankenstein. "We are looking at revising our school calendar for the Ferriday schools so we can make up these missed days.
"Our Ferriday schools are on an academic watch list and we need every instructional minute that we can get," she said. "We will send out information very soon on when our make up days will be."
Blankenstein said "we're just taking it day by day. We're hoping to have the children and teachers back in school soon. This is the beginning of the school year when everyone is eager and excited."
She said she knows town officials are working to remedy the problem and hopes a solution is found soon.
"We just didn't feel we could send children to school having to worry about when there would be water," she said.
Restaurants are also dealing with the water problem.
"It's like a nightmare," according to Jerry Johns of Big John's restaurant. "The bathrooms are a big problem. We have a water buffalo by the store so we can make coffee, but our coke machines and ice machines are not working. We're selling canned drinks."
He said some customers likely "decide to just ease through Ferriday because of the water situation and go somewhere to eat. We're working through it. Thank God it's no worse."
Larry Armsted, assistant manager at Ferriday Market, said the grocery story has "hauled in a lot of water. We're keeping things sanitized and having to use portable toilets. We can do very little cooking."
Riverland Medical Center has fared better than most facilities in Ferriday.
"We have our own well water," according to RMC Administrator Lana Stamper. "We have Kentwood water for cooking and are using plastic disposable utensils and plates but over all we're in pretty good shape."
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