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Turns out, there never was a problem with Eden Church Road

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Posted: Apr 10, 2014 10:21 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Apr 11, 2014 6:50 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Livingston Parish, Flooding, Eden Church, drainage district, flood, road, construction, Layton Ricks

DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council talked about the real problem on Eden Church Road: clogged drains and not bad design.

For years, residents along Eden Church have complained about flooding, no matter how little or how much it rained.

"That's all I can ask for, a road that doesn't flood and drives well," resident Harvey Stewart said, who a year ago, told WBRZ News 2 about issues on the highway that seemed to fill with water.

But now, his attitude about Eden Church is entirely different. Recently, he says he's seen crews working along the road to clear out the ditches and says his road no longer floods.

Parish President Layton Ricks says the problem has been fixed.

"The Gravity Drainage District went down stream and did some canal clean-out work," said Ricks. "That allows that water to run off Eden Church Road like we hoped it was designed to do."

Ricks says this flooding problem caused by over-crowded canals and streams is an issue all over the parish.

Since the problem has been resolved along Eden Church, the Federal Highway Administration has released about $980,000 to the parish to use in its road fund.

Ricks say the parish is still discussing plans to muck out the ditches, as a precaution to the flooding. Nothing has been scheduled, yet.

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