How is EBR Parish dealing with flooding issues? Project manager has latest on EBR Parish Stormwater Master Plan

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – So what is being done to improve the flooding issues in East Baton Rouge Parish?

The East Baton Rouge Parish Stormwater Master Plan was up for discussion today at the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

Resident Shane Srsen said flooding is a longtime problem in Baton Rouge.

“The fact that homes that didn’t flood five years ago, in the same area, flooded now is a very clear sign to me that the issue has just gotten worse,” he said.

He said he is looking for action.

Melissa Kennedy is the project manager on the Stormwater Master Plan. She hopes to put the action residents are asking for in place.

“The plan is going to identify the flood-related risks and the vulnerability. In other words, what floods, where, why and the damages as a result. And then we want to manage those risks by coming up with recommended projects that reduce flood risk,” she said.

City-Parish officials have been working on plans that will address funding, new projects and policies that will last for 20 years.

Some of the projects included drainage, floodplain management and stream flow.

“We’re not going to be able to eliminate the flood, but the intent is to reduce the flood risk to as many people as possible,” said Kennedy.

Many like Srsen still called for a development moratorium.

“The infrastructure is never going to have a chance to catch up with new construction. It’s already behind, if you keep building, you’re always going to be behind,” he said.

The city has already started to work on some of the projects. Many hope these projects will work, but they say only time will tell.

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