LA Flood Control Projects Receive Funding

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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.

Determining how much coverage is needed to protect your property from flood damage can be confusing, our esteemed advisors at AWS Insurance will work with you to find a flood insurance plan that meets your needs without exceeding your budget.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.