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|FEMA pays $1.5M on roads|
Franklin Parish and its road to recovery from Hurricane Gustav has $1.5 million of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds in the bank.
"While there's a lot that's still going on," said Parish Superintendent Greg Humphries, "what's written in stone is the $1.5 million. We've got that."
That amount is from the FEMA estimates of 53 of the 215 parish roads which were listed as damaged from hurricane waters.
There are three bridges which have been repaired, but the costs have not been reimbursed, Humphries pointed out.
He estimates that FEMA has inspected, much like a private home inspector would inspect natural disaster damages for an individual homeowner, only about 45 percent of the list of damages provided by the parish.
The parish was required to complete its list of damages for FEMA inspection by December 10. The parish easily met the deadline.
Because FEMA has not completed its inspection of damaged public property, the parish can add to the list at any time.
"That's why it's important for anyone who knows of damage out in the parish to contact us," Humphries said.
He tells of farmers going into their fields after the floods of 2006 and finding their fields inaccessible due to washed out culverts. "We need to know about anything like that," he said.
Humphries pointed out that the hundreds of miles of drainage within the parish would be impossible for Police Jury employees to inspect.
In addition to the 162 roads waiting for federal inspection, a total of 37 large damaged drainage culverts and four bridges needing repair are on the inspectors' list.
Completed bridges include the Pine Street Bridge in Wisner and the Carl Dear and Bobby Woods bridges.
Bridges needing inspection include Mercer Street in Wisner, Bennett Bridge, Willie Hill Road and Low Water Bridge Road.
Subdivisions still to be inspected are Washington, Abe Lincoln and Horace White.
The Abe Lincoln sewer system is also listed for inspection.
There is no specific deadline for FEMA to complete its inspection and attempts to contact FEMA officials for comment have been unsuccessful.