WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is considering an agreement that would accelerate the debris removal process in Bayou Manchac and U.S. Congressman Garret Graves says it’s still a priority.

“Disaster destruction doesn’t stop at a parish line so regional flood protection requires a regional solution. We’re making significant progress with stakeholders and officials from Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Iberville Parishes and the Pontchartrain Levee District,” Graves says.

Graves joins stakeholders on January 4, 2022. Photo and caption courtesy of Rep. Garret Graves media team.

East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish officials announced a proposal to enhance drainage along Bayou Manchac at the border of the two parishes in September of 2021. The proposed project would remove blockages to allow for better water flow. Graves has met with Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Iberville Parish stakeholders to create regional flood control solutions.

“Federal funding was secured and now we’re using the discussions to move us to solutions faster. It remains a priority to remove debris and increase drainage of Bayou Manchac, Alligator Bayou, and Spanish Lake basin to protect our homes, businesses and families,” Graves says.