EBR Parish focuses on drainage while bracing for the storm

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish crews are clearing out ditches and trees to get prepared for Ida.

“We’re doing everything on our part at City-Parish government to prepare,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said.

With Ida looming, flooding is a major concern so the City-Parish is working to combat that.

“We’ve been doing works, scheduled maintenance work and we’ve intensified those efforts in anticipation of this weather event,” Broome said.

Teams are going over every step that they need to do before the storm.

We have a checklist of things that we run through to be sure that we are doing all the things that need to be done to prepare,” said Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelvin Hill.

After every storm, the City-Parish reviews what they can do differently to better prepare for the next one.

“We’ve broken the city streets up by maintenance lots so we’ll have 6,000 streets that we are going to go inspect,” Hill said. “And we will work our way through those to be sure that the drains and things are okay, that’s something that we did as a result of the last storm as an example.”

And they are investing in keeping you safe.

“We’ve spent a part of our $30 billion to address drainage and canal issues cleaning out,” Broome said. “We have been very intentional about making sure that we clean out drains from one end of the parish to the other.”

“We can’t control mother nature but we can control what we do,” said Hill.

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