Letters for 03-06-2014
‘Hobo’ dumping creates problems
On Feb. 28, between 2:20 to 3:25 p.m., an act of heartless, selfish, filthy stupidity happened on North Bear Creek Road.
Someone turned off Louisiana 2, went up Toby Road and dumped a tank full of raw sewage in the ditch. It ran back down the hill – three or four inches thick – and covered the black top on North Bear Creek, which is only 30 to 40 yards from running into Bear Creek that runs under Louisiana 2. About 200 or 300 yards more, and it runs into Lake D’Arbonne.
We know this was not a local licensed contractor that would do something like this. We feel that it is an unlicensed “hobo” who is doing this other places. We contacted all the public officials we could think of. We were very pleased and impressed with the lady from the health department. She cares and it matters to her. The Union Parish Police Jury came out the next day and scooped what they could with the backhoe, but still left about a quarter to half inch on the road. This was still here on Sunday night. I suppose they were waiting on this rain to wash it off the road, rather than hire a water truck or rent one.
In addition to this problem, we have attended two meetings and complained about a problem about a hundred more yards up the road, which we called the “y.” This is where Rick’s Road intersects with North Bear Creek Road. The problem is sand and mud coming from the racetrack. There has been all types of construction work going on at the track without any kind of barriers to stop this sand and mud problem. This is stopping up the culvert and running over the top of the road. Last summer the Police Jury spent thousands of taxpayers’ dollars putting pit run down on the road. It was a very good surface, and they did a very good job. But they can’t seem to come back and put more pit run down in the spot in the road where the culvert stops up and the mud runs over the top. It caused several people to slide off the road and get stuck. The school bus driver has complained about the problem, and it does no good. It has always been a small problem at times but one you could live with. Now it has gotten out of hand. Its never been this bad. We just hope and pray we do not have a life-threatening emergency during the frequent times it is washing so swiftly over our road. We pray they will find the right solution.
It is not our intention to complain publicly, but we feel there is something that should be done. It is a hindrance to the school bus, the mail carrier and other travelers on this road.