Posted: May 18, 2010 4:57 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: May 18, 2010 6:52 PM
Some homeowners in Central worry there aren't enough fire hydrants in their neighborhood. Bridlewood Subdivision has about 250 families and only three fire hydrants.
Central Fire Captain Derek Glover says that could have been the standard more than 30 years ago when the subdivision was started. He also tells News 2 that fire hydrants require larger pipes than most of what is in the subdivision.
"The main street Bridlewood has six inch mains, and we have four inch mains in the back of the subdivision " said Glover. "The Parish Water Company will only put new hydrants on mains greater than six inches".
Long-time Bridlewood resident Gary Bankston tells News 2 that he doesn't feel adequately protected.
"There are only 3 for the entire subdivision which means if you're at the end of the run they've got to lay out thousands of feet of hose," said Bankston.
Captain Glover says the three hydrants, trucks carrying thousands of gallons of water and those hoses help protect the homes in that neighborhood, but that doesn't mean more hydrants are out of the question.
A parish water company spokesperson tells News 2 that Bridlewood is on a Central "wish list" for more hydrants. We're told four more are coming soon.
In the meantime, fire officials are forcing developers to build new subdivisions designed to allow for more hydrants.