The Red River Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is distributing water to residents. The distribution began late Sunday morning as local officials picked up pallets of water to be distributed in their districts.
They picked up the water at the fire station on US 71. Each police jury member brought a truck and trailer to carry the cases of drinking water to residents in their district. Yesterday the Town of Coushatta and Mayor Johnny Cox distributed water throughout the town and the adjacent areas where the town provides water service.
Police Jury Vice President Ben Taylor took his allocation of water to the Springville Education Center for residents to pick it up. Jurors Jessie Davis and John “June Bug” Moore said they would deliver it to elderly residents in their districts. Moore said he would take some to New Hope #3 Baptist Church in Hanna for people to pick it up.
Jurors Shane Young, Tray Murray, and William Brown loaded several pallets each on their trailers. They told The Journal they have contacted pastors in their districts. They plan to distribute their allocation of water through the churches.
All police jurors the Journal spoke with Sunday indicated people in their district who are out of water may contact them directly.
OEP Director Shane Hubbard said they chose this method of distribution to get water where it was needed quicker than having everyone come to one central location. Police Jury Presdent Tray Murray said if they run out of this supply of bottled water they will be receiving more in the near future.