“It was kind of a non-event,” he said. “The good news is that we were prepared. Our staff and the council members pitched in and they did their share. It’s better to be prepared and nothing happens. A lot of effort went into the protection plan, and we consider it a really good fire-drill for when we do need it.”
Breaux said the “tiger boom” placed along areas of the town where Bayou Choupique could have risen due to back flooding from the Atchafalaya River was stacked high.
He said he is negotiating with “the people who lent us that boom, that being the Pontchartrain Levee District and the Department of Transportation and Development, to let us leave it in place through hurricane season. Everyone seems to be on board with doing that.”
Breaux said that by next hurricane season, permanent flood protection from a Municipalities Infrastructure grant of $1 million should be in place.
Also Thursday, Baldwin resident Anthony Gibson complained of bounty hunters from New Iberia terrorizing his neighborhood.
Gibson said unidentified persons with guns showed up at his residence. His mother called him and he went home, asked who they were, and they refused to identify themselves.
An argument ensued, and the armed persons told him Baldwin Police sent them to the residence.
Chief Gerald Minor said the bounty hunters were told the person they were looking for might be at an address in Franklin, or on another street in Baldwin. He said he had no idea why they went to Gibson’s residence.
State law regulates such a business. Minor said he would contact the bounty hunters and speak to them about their tactics.
The board also accepted a bid of $1,550 for a 2000 Ford Explorer declared surplus property; approved a bucket toss for Baldwin Little League on June 18, and agreed to allow the volunteer fire staff to attend a convention in Houma on July 21-23.