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|Heavy rains ease drought conditions|
Drought conditions continued to ease in the region after an average of five inches of rain fell over the weekend in Concordia and surrounding parishes.
Heavy rains Friday and Saturday brought from 4.1 inches in Ridgecrest to more than five inches at the U.S. Corps of Engineers Lock & Dam on the Black River south of Jonesville. A few locations, one in the Monterey area, reported around six inches.
What may have been a small twister caused damage to out buildings near a home on the Catahoula side of the Tensas River near Clayton.
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said Jury work crews were busy Friday cleaning out culverts and monitoring the drainage.
"They were on standby Saturday," he said. "All the ditches were draining well. The biggest problem we had was in culverts at individual residences where leaves and other debris were blocking drainage."
Jury Superintendent Jackie Pugh said the rising Mississippi backwater had previously claimed portions of Rokofee and Deer Park roads.
"Monterey got a little over six inches," Pugh said. "That's the biggest amount we know about. Things worked out and the drainage did fairly well."
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