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|Parish braces for more water|
In light of record rainfall in recent weeks, Ouachita Parish is expected to receive another one to three inches of rain by this weekend.
Meanwhile, parish officials are concerned more flooding issues may develop in light of flooding that occurred last week at Richwood and Town and Country in north Monroe.
Treasure Island residents discussed their concerns about flooding with the police jury Monday during its regular meeting. Parish engineer Tom Holtzclaw said the situation in Treasure Island was one the parish should closely monitor.
Police jury vice president Walt Caldwell suggested that parish officials communicate with the city of Monroe to determine if Black Bayou gates could be affecting flooding in Treasure Island.
Hal Thompson, a longtime resident of Treasure Island, said the critical issue is the level of Black Bayou.
In the meantime, Caldwell offered an emergency resolution authorizing parish officials to use no more than $5,000 to set up emergency pumps to remove flood waters from Treasure Island into Black Bayou.
Ouachita Parish Homeland Security director Butch Beckham said there is "still a lot of flooding going on" throughout the parish.
"It started around Oct. 7 with generalized flooding all over the parish," Beckham said. "We've had a couple of local families serviced by the Red Cross."
"We came awful close to having some houses go under, even in the hilly sections of Ward 9 where we had a lot of water," he said. "We've had a lot of driveways under water, but so far only two homes have reported flooding."
Beckham said flat land in eastern Ouachita Parish has experienced the most flooding.
The Ouachita River is expected to crest Friday at 42 feet. With more rainfall expected this weekend, the parish could experience more flooding problems, he said.
Police juror Pat Moore said she traveled with Beckham last week through parts of her district that had major flooding problems. She noticed water also was not moving due to bayous and ditches being overgrown and littered with trash. She said rainfall is out of the police jury's control, but something must be done to tackle the litter and overgrowth in the ditches and bayous throughout the parish.
"This (flooding) will continue to happen until we do something about it," she said.