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|Drainage, flooding in Tanglewood concern Moore|
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will look into a long-range plan to address flooding concerns in Tanglewood Heights subdivision.
Police juror Pat Moore says residents of the area face flooding problems anytime there is a heavy downpour.
Rainfall from Hurricane Gustav caused flooding in 22 homes in Tanglewood Heights subdivision, according to one local resident.
Moore will host a meeting with Tanglewood residents from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, to hear drainage and flooding concerns, among other things. The meeting will be held at Dellwood Church of God, located at 1110 Dellwood Dr. in Richwood.
Some Tanglewood residents were present at Monday's police jury meeting.
Moore urged them to be patient and assured them the police jury was working to address drainage and flooding problems in their area of the parish.
"It's not going to happen overnight, but we are moving forward on this," Moore said.
She said that anytime the region gets a large sum of rainfall, residents in the subdivision will see some type of flooding.
"They constantly have problems of flooding, and it's all over in my district," Moore said.
Flooding in the Tanglewood area typically occurs because of backwater from Bayou Lafourche or rainwater that does not drain from the subdivision, Harrison said.
Harrison said a long-range plan to "resolve all issues" could take about 12 months. He said there is little the parish can do to stop flash flooding except "wait until it's over and try to help as best we can."
"The only way we can help during flash flooding is to help move the water away from the subdivision," Harrison explained. "There's nothing we can do to totally eliminate all possibilities, but we can certainly minimize it, and help during the more intense rains."
The police jury could help move water from the area during intense rains by cleaning out off-road channels that run through that area, he said.
"It's so overgrown and it hasn't been cleaned out in years … the water can't move out," Harrison said.
Harrison said the parish would need to use heavy machinery to clean out off-road channels at Tanglewood. If the police jury's public works department performed the work, he said it could cost about $50,000. If the project was bid out and turned over to a private contractor, the cost could run as high as $150,000.
Moore asked Harrison to get a firm cost estimate on the project and report back to the police jury at its next regular meeting.
On another front, the police jury recently obtained state funding to improve four streets in Tanglewood Heights subdivision.
Parish engineer Don Harrison said the police jury is engaged in soil testing and finalizing pavement designs for the four streets.
Once that process has been completed, the parish can submit plans to the state and accept bids for the project, he said.