OUR TURN: Livingston Parish Flooding

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - "We're going to flood, we're going to keep flooding." That was the dire prediction of Livingston Parish Councilman Jeff Averett prior to the election about what would happen if the tax proposals to fund drainage improvements failed with the voters. And fail, they did.

Voters in the eastern part of Livingston Parish soundly rejected the tax increases. The western half of Livingston Parish already has drainage districts with budgets of about $4 million a year.

One woman who was interviewed before the election said that people were still trying to recover from the August 2016 flood and that the tax would be too big of a burden on families who were rebuilding their homes. And that, of course, brings to mind the old quote that "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Livingston leaders blame the people who did not show up to vote for the lost election. One of them predicted, those will be the very ones who will scream the loudest the next time it floods.

That's "Our Turn." Now, it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, visit us on Facebook or send an email to yourturn@wafb.com.

Copyright 2017 WAFB. All rights reserved.