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Funds approved for flood homes

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An aerial shot of River Bluff subdivision in north Bossier. (photo by Tom Pace)

Bossier Parish Police Jury officials have received word that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds have been approved to buy some homes in the parish that were damaged by flood waters.

“It looks like we have about 13 homes approved to start, but we have not received official signed letters yet,” parish engineer Butch Ford told police jury members. “Hopefully that will happen quickly and we can get started.”

Ford also reported Wednesday that members of the police jury’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) had caught a number of haulers on parish roads for heavy truck violations, including overweight loads.

Earlier this week, Ford and Russell Craig, commander of the CVEU, met with state police officers and a company hauling equipment in the parish to talk about problems with overweight loads and obtaining permits.

“We’re working with them to tell them when they come into the parish they’re going to be stopped and they need to be legal,” Ford said. “Just this week CVEU caught another rig without a permit. They’re overweight and they’re not getting permits.”

Ford said the good news is there’s activity going on in Bossier, including logging work in north Bossier Parish.

“I know the boys are working to be sure the companies are safe and hauling the legal weight. We’re trying to work with businesses to explain to them we only want to be fair and for them to abide by the law,” Ford said.