Congressman Graves issues statement on drainage improvement along Bayou Manchac

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- U.S. Congressman Garret Graves issued a statement after East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment announced their recommendation to improve drainage Bayou Manchac, bordering East Baton Rouge and Ascension.

“The 2016 Flood, the May rain bomb this year, Hurricane Ida and other disasters prove that destruction doesn’t stop at a parish line and that regional flood protection requires a regional solution. Rather than fighting over who floods, we’ve made it clear that our goal is to get the water out so no one floods. We are continuing to gather stakeholders and fund projects across south Louisiana to build more resilient communities. From the projects in the Capital Region, the West Shore project and the Morganza Project, to the Comite Diversion, Five-Bayous Projects or efforts around the Amite River and Bayou Manchac – these will all help provide better protection and lower risk. This is the first step of many resulting from our July 7th meeting,” Graves said.

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