Flooding in Black Bayou Canal in West Monroe

Photo by Shannon Frost Photography

Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Shane Smiley declared a state of emergency earlier this week in light of the heavy rainfall and flash flooding that began on Monday.

According to the Police Jury, a state of emergency was called for because the forecast for the next several days predicted continued periods of rain. Such rainfall could lead to flooding damage and property damage.

A state of emergency allows the Police Jury to immediately file reimbursements for any expenditures related to preventing flooding or on any flood recovery work.

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