Southside West Monroe resident wants dike grass tended to
MONROE, Louisiana (KNOE) – A resident on the south side of West Monroe says levee grass grows uncontrollably, making it breeding ground for snakes. A resident says he wants the dyke officials to cut the grass every two weeks. Keeping the Southside of West Monroe safe and beautiful is a top priority for a resident.
“The complaint I have is that we have snakes coming across the street from the seawall,” said James Johnson, a resident of Southside West Monroe.
He says he has lived in South Riverside for five years. Johnson works hard to keep his lawn looking good, but is disappointed when he looks across the street.
“I feel like since I’ve been on the south side we’ve been forgotten, but the north side, the Garden District, they can maintain and manicure that dike and that lawn,” he said.
Johnson says the overgrown grass causes an influx of insects and snakes. As Johnson stood in an area of the grass, you could see that she was approaching his shoulders. He is also upset that you cannot see the historic Don Juan monument because of the tall grass. Lift officials say they can only mow the grass once a month.
“We are responsible for over 100 miles of the seawall with this location alone, our location in Monroe. We maintain levee systems in eight parishes from north to central Louisiana, ”said Brandon Wagoner, deputy director of the Tensas base and Levee district.
He says their main goal is to deal with flood control.
“It would cost absolutely more. Additional equipment would have to be purchased. We would almost have to double our staff to facilitate this and maintain all of our other flood control responsibilities, ”said Wagoner.
He says he wants community members to know that they are working hard to keep West Monroe’s Southside beautiful.
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