Jones Creek Detention Project can now move forward after funding secured by EBR Parish

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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT
Sharon Weston Broome

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Some help could be on the way for those suffering from flooding issues in EBR Parish.

$9.27 Million was secured by the city-parish with some help from the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.

According to the mayor’s office, “the city-parish has committed $3.27M and $6M is being awarded from the LWI, for a total project cost of $9.27M.”

So where is this money going to go?

The mayor’s office states that “the funding will be used to purchase approximately 65 acres of undeveloped land near the old Sherwood Forest Golf Course to be utilized for stormwater detention and potentially as a park.”

The hope is that this project will help drainage issues in those areas.

The mayor’s office believes this will help slow “the flow of water into the drainage system.”

If all goes to plan, this should alleviate some of the flooding by increasing the area where runoff can go.

“This project is another example of the aggressive approach my administration is taking to address drainage throughout the parish. We will continue working with our regional partners to build a stronger and more resilient community,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

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