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State of Louisiana Awards More Than $2 Million for Infrastructure Improvements in St. Landry Parish

Nov. 1, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit has awarded $2,110,000 in disaster recovery funding for eight infrastructure projects in St. Landry Parish, allowing parish officials to access the federal Community Development Block Grant funds needed for implementation.

The funding has been allocated for the following projects:

  • $900,000 to the City of Opelousas for replacement of the Park Avenue Bridge;
  • $370,000 to the Town of Krotz Springs for drainage improvements and to replace deficient fire hydrants;
  • $230,000 to the Town of Arnaudville for the purchase of sewer system generators;
  • $230,000 to the Town of Sunset for drainage improvements;
  • $150,000 to the Village of Cankton for drainage improvements;
  • $150,000 to the Town of Grand Couteau for drainage improvements; and
  • $80,000 to Parish Fire District No. 3 in Opelousas for the purchase of a brush truck.

OCD-DRU Executive Director Pat Forbes said, “Hurricane Gustav caused widespread damage throughout St. Landry Parish. These projects will restore critical infrastructure in cities and towns across the parish, and make St. Landry Parish much better able to bounce back from future disasters.”

St. Landry Parish President Don Menard said, “The Gustav/Ike recovery funds will enhance our drainage efforts, and the added equipment for the fire departments will help them be better prepared for the next disaster.”

The Park Avenue Bridge replacement in Opelousas is vital to controlling flooding in the area along Bayou Yarbor. The existing bridge will be replaced with a new concrete bridge. Generators will be purchased to keep Arnaudville’s four pump stations functional during electrical outages.

Drainage improvements in Cankton along La. Hwy. 93 will keep the intersection of the highway at Credeur Road and Noah’s Boulevard from flooding as it did during Hurricane Gustav. A total of 420 feet of culverts will be replaced along Jack Fox Road in Grand Coteau to prevent future flooding. Drainage improvements in Krotz Springs will prevent flooding along the transport route of along La. Hwy. 3173. In Sunset, two drainage pipes will be replaced to prevent flooding on Shady Meadows Drive.

The proposed super cab brush truck with a 250-gallon skid mounted water tank and fire pump apparatus will be the first emergency response vehicle sent out during storm-related events in Opelousas and the surrounding rural areas. Finally, Krotz Springs will replace 13 fire hydrants in strategic locations with more modern hydrants that have two hose nozzles and a large streamer nozzle for connection to the fire-fighting pumping apparatus, greatly enhancing the available flow volumes for fire response and diminishing the time needed to control and extinguish structural fires.

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 $12,769,792 in Gustav-Ike disaster recovery funding to St. Landry 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.