City continues work toward drainage improvements

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The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Transportation and Drainage oversees the drainage system throughout the parish. Other than the city of Baton Rouge, the agency also oversees the three incorporated communities of Baker, Zachary and Central. 

The engineering division plans, designs and constructs drainage improvements. 

The agency hopes to address the community’s concern regarding drainage improvements and reduced flood risk after morning flooding struck the Capital City on June 6.

“It rose very quickly but, it went away very quick,” said Fred Raiford, Director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Transportation and Drainage. “The drainage system is doing exactly what it’s designed to do.”

A Stormwater Master Plan Implementation Framework guide was published in June, 2018. Raiford said his department recently secured $15 million to proceed with phase 2 of the plan. 

“I finally got the federal dollars approved from FEMA from the 2016 flood for 11.5 million to start with,” said Raiford, “and I have a 25 percent match.”

The plan was developed to address the risks and impacts of local and regional flooding after widespread flooding hit the area in August of 2016.

Based on the published plan, the department is working within in phase 2 which includes:

  • evaluating each of the eleven watersheds to determine flood risks and mitigation,
  • public engagement program,
  • ordinance revision,
  • and a draft of a stormwater master plan. 

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