The Washington Parish Government, in cooperation with Bogalusa City Schools, recently completed a $889,976.00 hazard mitigation wind retrofit project at Bogalusa High School. This wind retrofit was made possible with 100% funding secured by Parish President Richard Thomas Jr. through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and FEMA. Phoenix Architectural Products was the successful bidder and completed the job over the 2017 summer. The project included installing hurricane barrier screens to all exterior glass openings of windows and doors to mitigate against future damages. These screens have a 30 year useful life and can withstand up to 190 mph wind gust.
Recently the contract to replace single span bridges / drainage structures was signed by Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. and Skip Magee, President & Owner of Magee Excavation & Development, LLC.
Looking on during the signing are three Parish Directors, Tommy Thiebaud - Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, Leo Lucchesi - Public Works & Floodplain Administrator, and Donna Graham - Finance Department
The 24 new drainage structures are located throughout the Parish; they are designed to improve the conveyance of storm water drainage across parish roads and mitigate flooding. The construction project is valued at $ 2.03 million made available through 100% funding from FEMA and Louisiana GOHSEP. The construction is scheduled to begin in July of this year and scheduled for completion within a 10 – 12 month span. For construction locations please reference the washingtonparishalerts.com website click on DPW page.
June 6, 2017 -DHS SECRETARY KELLY RELEASES HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS VIDEO
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly released a video to kick off the official start of hurricane season, which begins today, June 1st. Secretary Kelly urged Americans in the potential path of a hurricane to know their risk, prepare, and stay informed. Secretary Kelly also reiterated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to work closely with their private sector, state, and local partners to detect, prepare, and respond to the threat of natural disasters.
This morning, Secretary Kelly visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida for an operational briefing regarding the 2017 hurricane season. Secretary Kelly was joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott and officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center, as well as FEMA’s Hurricane Liaison Team.
Please click on the link below to watch Secretary Kelly’s video message.
May 2017 - Road to Recovery from 2016 floods. Resore.la.gov is currently asking any homeowner who sustained flooding from the 2016 floods to take the online survey. This will assist in getting eligible homeowners assistsance as quickly as possible. Once you have completed the survey, the program will determine which phase you potentially qualify for. You will then be invited to complete the preliminary application. Survey may also be completed via phone at 1-866-735-2001. Please click on the links below to read more information about the assistance program.
Homeowner Assistance Flyer Survey information
Homeowner Assistance Detailed Flyer page 1
Homeowner Assistance Detailed Flyer page 2
The Choctaw Landfill is now accepting #1 & #2 plastics for recycling purposes. Please check our webpage for details.