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JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

After rainfall and lake water in Jeff Davis Parish caused significant flooding in January, the Jeff Davis Police Jury has passed a resolution that they hope will reduce the chances of similar flooding in the future.

The resolution will be sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"The resolution calls for weirs to be built to help with floodwaters and to replace parts of Catfish Locks," said Police Juror John Marceaux. "Some parts of Catfish Locks were damaged and never repaired after Hurricane Rita."

Sherwin LeFranc, administrative roads supervisor for the parish, said the resolution was passed by the Police Jury and will now go to the proper authorities.

"Accepting the resolution and creating the weirs and replacing damaged floodgates will help in the future," LeFranc said. 

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Monday that he will seek federal aid for Vermilion and Jeff Davis parishes, among a list of others, for the January flooding.

"Whatever help we can get will be great," LeFranc said. "We estimate about $250,000 in material and personnel from January's damage."

Lake Arthur Mayor Robert Bertrand told 7News that he is also hoping the move for federal aid is approved to help repair damaged areas in the town.

We'll have more on the measure on later editions of 7News.

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