She’s not the only one fired up. As more rain events make life miserable for many in Livingston Parish, Laurie Landry says it has reached crisis level. She gave WAFB reporter, Scottie Hunter, a few of the pictures she was able to snap in June that she believes clearly shows something isn’t right.
“The outfalls are full of trash, of debris, of trees, and they haven’t been cleaned out in years,” Landry said. “I have three friends whose houses flooded and shouldn’t have flooded because it was the drainage.”
Back in 2017, Livingston Parish was promised $68 million from FEMA to jumpstart flood mitigation projects to keep the water at bay during a heavy rain event. However, nearly two years after that announcement, residents are getting antsy, and many believe nothing is truly being done to help.
Livingston Parish was promised $68 million following the 2016 historic floods.
“It’s not happening, at least not fast enough,” Landry said.
“I can’t go anywhere in this parish and more than likely before I leave, that subject will come up in some form or fashion,” Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. “So we are not just sitting back and not doing the work.”
Ricks says they're doing everything possible to collect on the money they were promised through the federal government. In fact, they submitted several projects and so far, three to five of them have been approved by FEMA and a number of others are still being reviewed.
WAFB reporter Scottie Hunter asked Ricks if he realizes that when people hear there’s money available, but it seems like nothing’s being done, they get a little antsy.