CLINTON, La. (BRPROUD) – Towns in East Feliciana Parish could gain equipment to help quicken hurricane recovery efforts after a motion was approved by the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury.

The Hazard Mitigation Project was passed on Sept. 19 to add generators and drainage projects for the parish.

The project could help if places, such as the police jury office, lose power. East Feliciana Parish Homeland Security Director Darryl Buhler says parish fire stations and town halls that don’t have any backup power can receive a generator. Municipalities will have sewer lift stations and undersized culverts for flooding. Juror Chrissie O’Quin asked that light plants for each district be added to the list.

In the Sept. 19 police jury meeting, officials said that maintenance would be able to turn on the generator instead of waiting for a company to come and power it up when a building loses power.

This can only happen if a grant from Homeland Security is granted. Buhler says the police jury is still in the initial paperwork stage on the items.

Buhler says that approval could take up to a year.

“As of right now they are six months minimum if we order them today. Probably longer with Hurricane Ian factored in,” he said.