EBR Metro Council expected to green light flood prevention plan, hire new investigator

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is expected to give the go-ahead to a federally funded flood prevention plan.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. but has since been postponed due to potential severe weather. The meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. 

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves Graves released this statement ahead of the expected approval of the plan:

“We appreciate the parish setting aside $20 million in federal funding to keep our storm basins clear of debris and improve drainage. This complements parts of the estimated $5.6 billion of record funding we secured for south Louisiana flood improvement projects to benefit the Capital Region and other areas such as the $255 million for the East Baton Rouge Flood Control Project, $400 million for the Comite Diversion Project and $50 million for Livingston Parish drainage projects. With federal funding available, we’ve been bringing folks together to develop regional solutions and kick plans into gear. We will keep utilizing federal funding opportunities, information from constituents, and ideas from discussions to move us toward solutions faster. Our families, homes and businesses deserve safety and true flood protection,” Graves said.

Some of the other items to keep an eye on at the council meeting are listed below:

Authorizing the Parish Attorney’s Office to institute expropriation proceedings and/or to take such other actions as may be required in connection with the acquisition of land necessary for the East Baton Rouge Parish Flood Risk Reduction Project – Channel Improvements, Upper Jones Creek, Weiner Creek, Lively Bayou and Upper Jones Creek Clearing and Snagging, being Project No(s). 21-DR-US-0037 and 21-DR-US-0038. By Director of Transportation and Drainage.

Authorizing the Mayor-President, on behalf of the Coroner’s Office, to enter into a grant agreement and accept a grant award in the amount of $75,000 from the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation to hire a new investigator to reduce the workload on existing investigators thereby providing quicker response times. This grant is 100% funded by the Pennington Foundation and no matching funds are required. By Coroner’s Office.

The full agenda for the meeting can be found here.

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