DeeAnn Taylor and her husband, Joel Taylor, addressed members of the Vernon Parish Police Jury on Monday during its monthly committee meeting in regards to issues on Craigerville Loop, which is in the Kurthwood community.

DeeAnn Taylor and her husband, Joel Taylor, addressed members of the Vernon Parish Police Jury on Monday during its monthly committee meeting in regards to issues on Craigerville Loop, which is in the Kurthwood community.

“We are just going to ask for help,” Taylor said. “We’ve lived on Craigerville Loop for about four years. Our road just floods frequently. We were worried today that we might not be able to be here and now we are worried that with this rain today, we might not be able to get back.”

Craigerville Loop is approximately 2.5 miles long and connects La. 117, commonly called Kurthwood Road, with La. 465.

“The most common problem we have is the bus not being able to get in and out for our little people,” Taylor said. “Wendy Cedars, our bus driver, calls us some mornings and says she just can’t make it down the road. We either have to skip school or we go out what Fort Polk owns now. But there is a gate now, so that access is limited.”

Taylor noted that two or three times a month, the children on the road, who all attend school in Simpson, aren’t able to make it in. And with the new standards being initiated by the state in regards to the education of students, missing school because of road issues isn’t something that needs to occur.

“It’s important for our little people to be there,” Taylor said. “There have been times we’ve left early and there have been other times where I’ve had to wait hours after school.”

Taylor also said that emergency situations are her biggest concern and worry. She is a mother of young twins and noted that there are other folks on the road who have medical issues.

“It’s hard for people to get to us, not just because of the flooding, but also because of the surface of the road,” Taylor said. “We just need a little bit of help to fix it.”

Taylor has spoken with their waste management provider, along with their mail carrier, and they have their issues with the road as well.

Taylor provided pictures to the members of the jury and her husband talked about the possibility of paving the road with reclaimed asphalt. They have also talked to state representatives James Armes and Frankie Howard about the road, who suggested a grant could be written to help fund the project.

According to Joel Taylor, a creek along the road isn’t the main culprit for the flooding, rather it is a couple of ditches and culverts not able to handle increased water flow from heavy rains.

“After we slipped off the road once, we got some gravel on it,” he said. “But that’s gone now and we sure could use a little more help.”

Police jury member, Jerry Blair, who serves that area of Vernon Parish, and PJ president, Jim Tuck, are devising a plan to help solve the issues on Craigerville Loop.

“There are plans being made to address the issue,” Tuck said.

The Highway Committee has already contacted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in regards to this issue, requesting 1,700 yards of reclaimed asphalt from the La. 8 project. This asphalt would be able to pave some of Craigerville Loop, allowing for easier exit and access for those on the road.

The police jury will meet again, this time in regular session, at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20.