A proposed residential development is causing uproar in a Baton Rouge subdivision, with many residents unsure if their neighborhood can handle additional strains to drainage systems.
Nearby residents fear the tentative Lakes at Jones Creek development -- northwest of the intersection of Coursey Blvd. and Jones Creek Rd. -- would push water onto their own homes, leaving damage more severe than during the August 2016 floods.
Developer Steve Duplechain and his engineers argue the new development is designed to include retention ponds, which would alleviate drainage concerns. But two other engineers at Monday night's commission meeting disputed the developer's model, saying it does not account for storm water that originates off-site.
As of deadline, Duplechain has not returned BRProud.com's calls for comment.