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Opelousas Mayor addresses concerns of outdated infrastructure

The city wants residents to report water leaks
Posted at 8:21 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 21:21:06-05

Saturday, one Opelousas resident captured the moment a pizza delivery driver attempting to make a delivery on West Prudhomme Street got stuck in a pothole. Those who live along the street say this has become the norm for them.

"My son is actually the first one that got stuck in the hole. Then my neighbor last week" said Opelousas resident Antoinetta Mason.

Mason has to navigate through the crumbling road daily and decided to take to social media to shed light on the issue.

"This is not the only problem here. If you go further down the road, there's a bridge that's going to give out soon because all they're doing is patching it up."

She adds that one of her biggest frustrations is the effort from city leaders and feels they should be held accountable.

"We've been calling, asking them to come put rocks, come and grave the road. Come do something."

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor says he understands the frustrations. He also says the water leak responsible for the pothole was dealt with. However, weather conditions, among other uncontrollable factors, have made things worse.

"The pothole is because of the rain and travel. It just got deeper and got a little bit larger" said Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor.

Mayor Alsandor says that Opelousas has over 400 streets, some that are nearly 300 years old.

"We are working as best as we can effectively and efficiently as we can with less crew and not enough skilled workers to be doing the things here."

The Mayor pointed out that the city has applied for several grants to help with road repairs, but those funds have not been approved yet.

"We can get 25 million dollars, and that would not address the problems we have right now."