LEESVILLE, La (Leesville Daily Leader) —
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Towns and municipalities in Vernon Parish are beginning to clean up Wednesday after storms flooded the parish Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, dropping nearly a foot of rain in less than 24 hours.
The city of Leesville declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning after flooding caused two of the town's sewer treatment pumps, at South First Street and Powell Drive, to be taken out of service.
The city warned residents to reduce their sewer usage to an "as-needed basis," saying that frequent usage could lead to back-ups in residences.
South First Street, between Maggie and Louisiana streets, remained closed Wednesday due to flooding.
Rosepine Mayor Donna Duvall said that her town experienced issues with the wastewater system and treatment plant, but that the town was currently working with the Louisiana Rural Water Association to rectify the problems.
She also said that Main Street remained closed Wednesday due to flooding, and that public works crews spent much of Wednesday morning clearing trees and other debris from roadways.
Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe said that flooding washed out at least three culverts on Barham Road, south of the town, and that Plainview Road had been washed out. However, he said that no major problems have been reported within the Hornbeck town limits.
"Inside the town, we came out ok," he said.
The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reported Tuesday evening that sections of U.S. 171, including near the Bayou Zourie Bridge in Pickering and between Warner Street and La. 1213 in Leesville, were closed due to high waters.
All sections of U.S. 171 in Vernon Parish were re-opened by Wednesday morning, but sections of La. 28 and La. 111 remained closed Wednesday afternoon. In addition, a number of parish roads were closed until further notice, including Section Line Road, Cooper Church Road, Savage Forks Road, Wilson Road, Camp Baker Road, Blackmon Road, McConathy Road, Neal Loop Road, Jarrell Loop, Bailey Road, Pinewood Road, Johnsonville Road, Gravel Hill Road, Drakes Fork Road, Markee Road, Dido Loop, Webster Maricle Road, East Hawthorne Road, Eubanks Road, Cold Springs Loop — both east and west —, Ben West Road, Lewis Road, Lillidahl Road — to the bypass, Catfish Hut Road, I.E. Stracener Road, Castor Lake Road, the Anacoco Bridge on Hawks Road, and at the dead end of Roy Bridges Road.
The Vernon Parish Police Jury offered no timetable for when those roads may reopen.
DOTD officials also said that they were awaiting a recommendation from the Vernon Lake Commission on whether or not to open the Vernon Lake gate.