Mayor Broome announces proposal to use nearly $20 million for East Baton Rouge drainage projects

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a proposal to use $19.29 million from American Rescue Plan funds for drainage projects in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The proposed package, which gets introduced to Metro Council on Wednesday, June 9, addresses drainage issues identified by the ongoing Stormwater Master Plan.

Proposed drainage improvements include:

  • Storm drain cleanout
  • Channel clearing and grubbing
  • Roadside drainage cave-ins
  • Roadside ditch cleaning
  • Lined canal panel repairs
  • Engineering/project management

Storm drain cleanout is the first project on the list expected to go forward pending Metro Council approval. This project will be on the June 23 council agenda and the process is set to start after approval.

“Since the Flood of 2016, drainage has been a top priority for my administration. These proposed projects compliment other major drainage initiatives like the Comite River Diversion Canal and Five Tributaries Project, which will provide formidable relief in reducing potential flood risk,” said Mayor Broome.

There is a chance for additional drainage proposals as more funding becomes available through the American Rescue Plan.

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