Jury still dealing with FEMA on flooding damage

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Vehicles transport supplies and people through neighborhoods affected by the 2016 flood event. (Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune)

Bossier Parish Engineer Butch Ford continues to discuss with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for flood damages caused by this year’s weather event and there’s a little good news coming from agency.

Ford told members of the parish police jury that the agency has approved $673,000 for repair to gravel roads in the parish and bids will soon be advertised.

“We’re working diligently to get them to reimburse us for costs…” on other items submitted by the parish, Ford said.

Other costs submitted by the parish include $93,000 for debris removal, $285,000 for flood response and $29,000 to recover incurred food expenditures during the flood event.

Culverts washed out by floodwaters in the northern portion of the parish will cost somewhere between $300-$500,000 to replace and roughly the same amount will be needed culverts in south Bossier Parish, Ford told jury members.

Costs to repair paved roads in the parish are still an unknown, Ford said.

“I have not seen the numbers on the paved roads,” he reported. “We’re still working diligently to wrap this up in the next 30 to 60 days…to get the work out to bid and get the roads repaired.”

Ford said FEMA had agreed to pick up 75 percent of the $160,000 cost of replacing a crane that was being used on the wastewater treatment plant’s outfall structure located on the banks of the Red River. That structure went under water when floods hit in March and is now being rebuilt.