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State of Louisiana Awards More Than $1.5 Million to Evangeline Parish for Generators, Drainage Improvements and Fishing Piers

Aug. 25, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit has awarded $1,519,484 in disaster recovery funding to Evangeline Parish for five infrastructure projects, allowing parish officials to access federal Community Development Block Grant funds needed for implementation.

With $980,000 of the total amount, generators will be purchased for strategic locations throughout the parish. Two fishing piers at Crooked Creek Recreational Park will be replaced with $305,000 of the funds, and $234,484 will be used to repair and replace drainage structures in Pine Prairie and Ville Platte.

OCD-DRU Executive Director Pat Forbes said, “Evangeline Parish got nearly 15 inches of rain in 48 hours during Hurricane Gustav and was the site of the strongest Gustav-spawned tornado in the state. These projects will enhance the parish’s ability to function during and after a storm, mitigate against future damage, and spur the parish’s economy.”

Evangeline Parish Police Jury President Eric Soileau said, “I would like to thank OCD-DRU for approval of these infrastructure projects, which are so important not only to the growth of our parish, but also to our ability to function during and after a storm. Without this funding, these projects that are needed to protect and grow small communities would not be possible.”

Generators will be placed at the Pine Prairie Lift Station, Turkey Creek Well No. 1 and the Water 1 Industrial Park Water Well in Ville Platte to keep water and sewage systems working during and after a disaster. Another 10 generators will be placed at the following locations to serve low to moderate income populations during future storms:

  • Basile
    - Lift Station
    - Treatment Plant
  • Chatagnier Fire Station
  • Mamou
    - Lift Station
    - Multi-Purpose Center
    - Water Board Building
  • Ville Platte
    - Evangeline Parish Health Unit
    - Martin Luther King Community Center
    - Treatment Plant
    - Water Well No. 11

At Crooked Creek Recreational Park in Pine Prairie, one of the rebuilt fishing piers will be 100 feet long and five feet wide; the second will be 30 feet long and five feet wide. They will be used for fishing recreation and also to dock boats. The project will be able to withstand winds of 100 miles-per-hour and will meet accessibility codes of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Morgan Road and Trojan Lane Bridge projects each involve two phases: a hydraulic and hydrologic study of possible solutions and installation of a new drainage structure. Morgan Road in Pine Prairie will consist of two parallel 36-inch reinforced concrete pipes with pre-cast aluminum headwalls and wing walls that will have a larger capacity for flow, alleviating much of the erosion that was previously experienced. Trojan Lane in Ville Platte will involve installing 80 feet of culverts, consisting of two 13.3’ x 6.9’ aluminum box culverts, allowing the stream to follow its natural path, mitigating against future erosion.

The funding is part of more than $1 billion in disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant money received by the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for damages inflicted by Gustav and Ike.

In total, the OCD-DRU has allocated $2,237,170 in Gustav-Ike disaster recovery funding to Evangeline Parish.

The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.