Police Jury assessing storm damage
posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
One month after parish voters rejected a one-mill property tax for drainage, the Concordia Parish Police Jury was busy Monday assessing damage from a storm system that dumped more than 10 inches of rain in 48 hours last week.
Members of the parish drainage committee met with the Jury during its regular meeting Monday night.
Concordia was one of the first seven parishes that Gov. Bobby Jindal included in a declaring a state of emergency due to the severe weather and flooding. Damage in these parishes and others are presently being assessed.
The Jury's grant writer, Donna Remides, spent hours collecting data on Concordia's damage during and after the storm. She photographed homes damaged by rising flood waters and interviewed homeowners.
"She went door-to-door to get the information," Ferrington said, "and is continuing to gather information."
While work will continue in the days ahead to determine if the parish qualifies for disaster funding, Remides asked for home and property owners to contact her through the Police Jury if they experienced damage.
"Please call me with the information," she said.
Among the areas where Remides has thus far documented flood damage to residences has been along Hwy. 15 at Ferriday and Clayton, Washington Heights, E.E. Wallace, Woodland, Doty Road, Moose Lodge, Hwy. 568, Levens Addition, Belle Grove, Airport, Ron Road, Sunset Circle, and Concordia Park.
More than 30 roads were impassable during the height of the storm.
Two culverts damaged by the storm will cost the Jury more than $12,000 to replace, Ferrington said. A culvert 10 feet in diameter and 60 feet long on Wild Cow Bayou Road was washed out by surging flood waters, while another culvert on Emfinger Road will have to be replaced as well.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Corps of Engineers looked at the parish drainage system on Saturday.
Bill Beasley, chairman of the parishwide drainage committee, said two Corps engineers and two technicians indicated that the Jury's drainage plan would have averted some of the flooding.