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Police jury to begin road repairs

by Minden Press-Herald

The Webster Parish Public Works Department will soon get started on making permanent repairs to roads damaged during the March flood.

Police Jury President Jim Bonsall says the hold up has been evaluations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“FEMA has not come and evaluated damage yet,” he said. “We have documented all the damage and the temporary repairs we’ve made. They told us to go ahead and get started and document everything.”

He says they will have a list of roads by the end of this week and should start repairs by the first of next week.

“We’re going to start with some of the smaller roads,” Bonsall said.

He says FEMA may be evaluating roads within the next 30 days or so, and depending on cost and what the parish could be reimbursed, they could contract out some of the more major repairs, such as roads that have been completely washed out.

On March 8, nearly 20 inches of rain was dumped into Webster Parish, washing out and flooding roads.

Bonsall says the public works department has worked tirelessly to make sure roads are passable, even if the repairs are temporary at this point.

Estimated costs of the damage is about $1 million.

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