EBR crews work on drainage issues ahead of Cristobal


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – East Baton Rouge Parish leaders are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Crews with the Department of Maintenance worked Thursday on the parish’s drainage issues ahead of the storm.

“We go out and check our major outfalls because if we have blockage there, we’re gonna have issues with flooding,” said Kyle Huffstickle, Director of the Department of Maintenance for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Huffstickle said beaver dams are one of the biggest causes of flooding in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Crews knocked down one near the Blount Road area. Crews also found some huge items in a box culvert in the Centurion Place subdivision off O’Neal Lane. They pulled out a grease trap and an ice machine.

Huffstickle added, “If we make sure those are clear, then the neighborhoods should drain and drain into those outfall canals and we shouldn’t have any problems.”

Staff at the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are keeping a closer eye on this storm during a pandemic and daily protests.

“We’ve had challenging times before as a community, as a city and parish and we have been known to be resilient,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Mayor-President Broome also encouraged people to get their supplies now.

Huffstickle encourages you to also get your yard ready to help prevent flooding.

“If they can go out and make sure the leaves are cleaned away from the storm drains so they don’t get washed into the drain and possibly clog them up,” said Huffstickle.

Sandbags are also available at eight locations throughout the parish.

Residents are urged to bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags. To view sand locations go here

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