Reader Grateful for Aid During Recent Flooding
Words of gratitude are offered to many in our community for the tests of recent days of rain in our area.
There is an analogy to be used in referencing the test: “The teacher commands the students in her class that there will be a test in the recently studied subject matter in the coming week and you must study well to make a good grade.
Southwest, Central and Northern Louisiana recently received an abundance of rain that eventually came down to the Mermentau River and flower into the Lake Arthur area. The various authorities responsible for the safety of the residents of Lake Arthur were as the teacher demanded, put into test mode against the rising Mermentau River and lake in recent days.
I grew up in Lake Arthur in years past and in view of the recent rains, we in the community would have seen many streets and community areas completely inundated with water for days upon days, with water entering our homes and buildings, leaving damages.
With the existence of the Broadmore Drainage board, these experiences have been put back in history and it seems will never happen again as we remember them.
We, the residents in Lake Arthur, want to thank the drainage board; Lake Arthur mayor and city administration; the Lake Arthur police chief and department; the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office and Police Jury; the state and federal agencies; and the many volunteers that helped fill the many sand bags to build up the existing levees that were built around areas of the community in recent years. They all assisted in 24-hour surveillance on the flooding that occurred in and around Lake Arthur. Yes, they made a good grade for their efforts.
They spent many hours at this protection process until the waters receded and all our appreciation and gratitude go to each one of these people, too many to be able to name personally. But due to their efforts, Lake Arthur did not flood as in years past.
Again and continually, thanks to all of you!
Alvin A. Richard
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