Mayor Broome to give update on EBR stormwater master plan

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will be giving an update on the East Baton Rouge Parish Stormwater Master Plan at 10 a.m.

There are several capital projects underway that will seek to mitigate flood risk in East Baton Rouge Parish. These projects include:

•           Six FEMA approved Hazard Grant Mitigation Program Projects

•           Two Louisiana Watershed Initiative Projects

•           Five Tributaries Project (East Baton Rouge Flood Risk Reduction Project)

The mayor will also announce the upcoming Hazard Mitigation Project on Ward Creek at Siegen Lane.

Ward Creek Widening Project

One of the approved FEMA Hazard Grant Mitigation Program Projects is the widening of Ward Creek at Siegen Lane. The $1.8M project is fully funded through the federal program. It will consist of widening Ward Creek upstream and downstream of Siegen Lane. This will lead to a significant reduction in upstream flood water elevations on Ward Creek, Dawson Creek and Bayou Duplantier. The bottom of the existing channel will be widened to approximately 100 feet and sloped to match the upstream and downstream segments. The project length will be approximately 400 feet and include adjustments to existing drainage outlets and the addition of riprap bank protection.

The removal of the constriction will significantly reduce the flood water elevations upstream by as much as 2 feet for a 100-year rain event. It is expected to provide significant benefits as the proposed construction cost is low compared to the number of structures that will benefit.

East Baton Rouge Parish applied for the project in 2019, which was approved by FEMA in 2021. It next heads to the Metro Council to sign-off on the design and engineering phase, followed by another round of federal approvals. The work to widen Ward Creek at Siegen Lane could begin late 2022, taking about 6-8 months to complete. 

The public is encouraged to sign up on the project website to receive updates by registering at www.stormwater.brla.gov.

We will stream the announcement in this story.

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