The Cane River Waterway Commission held a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 23 to mark the beginning of construction for the Pumping Station Project. The pump station is the last stage in a larger project to transfer water from the Red River to Cane River Lake. CRWC Chairman James “Jim” Rhodes said they’re hoping the project will be finished by late summer. However, the pump, motor and filtration system for this one-of-a-kind project are being manufactured in California and Baton Rouge, which makes a definitive completion date hard to estimate.
Community members at the groundbreaking ceremony included Contractor James Womack and his son Camden, James Grantham, Mayor Lee Posey, Bill Robertson from Commissioner Foster Campbell’s Office, CRWC Vice-Chair Margaret Vienne, CRWC Chairman James “Jim” Rhodes, CRWC member Larry Paige, farmer Danny Methvin, Gerald Longlois, Tim Methvin, Bryant Collins and Cane River Patrol Officer Betty Fuller.