Mizell said city has ‘fared pretty well’

Published 9:07 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A short while ago Bogalusa Mayor Charles Mizell said one of his major concerns was the saturation of the soil, which can cause trees to fall even without high winds.

Falling trees often take down power lines, and Entergy crews would not be able to address any problems until Thursday morning, he said.

But generally by that point the city had “fared pretty well,” the mayor said.

“We learned a little, and we’ll do better next time,” Mizell said. “The whole team worked together on this and I haven’t heard one complaint.”

He said that offers of assistance had come from various offices, including that of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

“Whatever help they offer, we’re going to accept it if we can use it,” he said. “We have a lot of evaluating to do in the morning.”

Bogalusa Director of Public Works James Hall said, “overall I can’t complain” about the local affects of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac.”

“We don’t have a lot down,” he said. “Probably only six trees, which is good. And the drainage is working great now. We’re good. We’re blessed.”

But the storm was still dropping rain on the city and it was headed to points north that will affect local waterways.

“There’s still a lot to come,” said Hall. “It’s going up north. The creek is steady rising.

“And the ground is saturated, so we could get some more trees down tonight.”

He said that residents of the city scooped up 96 yards of sand or 28,000 sandbags full, and that he also filled 15 to 20 bags for senior citizens.