Police jury still trying to recover from storms
There’s a reason Richland Parish hasn’t been declared a disaster area.
Unfortunately, no one seems to know what it is.
“That is the one question I’ve been asking,” Richland Parish Police Jury parish manager Larry Wheeler said. “So far, I haven’t gotten an answer.”
Wheeler said FEMA has cleared the parish for public assistance to repair roads, bridges and public works damaged by the storms. However, the parish still hasn’t been officially listed as a disaster area to make assistance available to individuals.
“The main thing we need is from people who have damage to call FEMA and register,” Wheeler said.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims should first register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362.
Meanwhile the jury is also proceeding with plans to clean out Little Creek and Cow Bayou. Again, Wheeler said, they are waiting for clearance before they can begin the actual work.
“Any thing we do that is going move a lot of water has to be approved by the Corps of Engineers,” he said. “We’ve been talking to and them and I’m sure we’re going to get permission, it’s just taking a while.”
Jurors also heard from a group of citizens who live near Rooster’s Country Bar, which is located north of Delhi.
They had asked for the parish to consider a noise ordinance to make the bar curb the amount of noise it produces after 11 p.m.
Owner Jeff Swank said he would meet with the property owners and try to work out an agreement in order to be a good neighbor.
“The next time it’s too loud, call me and I will come out listen for myself,” Swank said.
He opposed a noise ordinance, saying it would also effect irrigations pumps and people using tractors in the area.