21 Sep LA Flood Control Projects Receive Funding
Ten flood control projects in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes will receive a slice of funds. These coastal communities will share more than $41 million to pay for projects aimed at strengthening communities against coastal land loss and rising seas.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that the flood control projects: “represent the cutting-edge in our efforts to proactively plan for the reality of our state’s increasing vulnerability to weather events and coastal erosion.”
In Terrebonne Parish, a portion of the funds will go towards the voluntary relocation of homeowners who live outside the flood protection system. In Jefferson Parish, dollars will pay for a public park that stores stormwater. Funds will also be allocated to a coastal ecology education center, street and drainage improvements and model elevated housing.
The federal funds were given to Louisiana after Hurricane Isaac in 2012. They are made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ office says the state’s projects were chosen after multiple community outreach events to discuss possible projects over a nine-month period.
Additionally, Baton Rouge will receive the federal funding needed to finance a flood-control project that has been on the drawing board for thirty years. The project consists of a 12-mile diversion channel that will siphon high water from the Comite River and send it to the Mississippi River, in an effort to reduce flooding near the Comite. This diversion could protect thousands of homes in parts of East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes from future floods.
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