Ouachita parish police juror says flooding concerns are an overreaction

Jack Clampit, Ouachita parish police juror for District B, said the memories of the 2016 flood are causing some to overreact to current flooding concerns. Source: (KNOE)
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) Jack Clampit, Ouachita parish police juror for District B, said the memories of the 2016 flood are causing some to overreact to current flooding concerns.

He said they haven't seen much of an issue with flooding yet, but the parish is more prepared today.

He said there's more capacity to hold water, they're bringing in extra pipes, and they'll have sandbags on standby, though those aren't needed just yet.

KNOE asked Clampit if the concerns were "almost an overreaction."

"It's not an almost, it is an overreaction," he said. "But here's the problem: if it's your house that's flooded, you're going to overreact, and I understand that. I really do. Because you don't want that to happen again. So we want the public to be aware of what's going on but it's not a panic time right now. We're in pretty good shape right now," he responded.

Josh Bonner is the Home Owner's Association president for Parrot's Beak Rd in Sterlington. He said they're experiencing some flooding issues, but there's one thing residents can do to help.

"Because our ditches flow to 165 so if 165 is not getting clear, then obviously our ditches are not going to be clear," he said. "So by default, if you can help keep 165 ditches clean there then it's definitely going to help in our neighborhood," he said.

Clampit said to avoid any roads that may still flood. He said if people do experience flooding issues, they can call their police juror or public works.