BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — As we near the end of the year, East Baton Rouge Parish is proposing their next budget, and one area that will potentially see higher spending is flood prevention.
Devastating flooding in 2016 and the more recent events this year have pushed the city-parish to speed up drainage projects.
The Metro Council approved $41 million of the American rescue plan to address the backlog of drainage and stormwater maintenance projects. The City-Parish is now proposing an additional $15 million to finalize those projects. “Our commitment to improving drainage is evidenced by our proposal to spend over $56 million or approximately one-third of our American Rescue Plan allocation on addressing Parrish drainage needs,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
Now, Broome says that the first version of the Stormwater Master Plan is nearing completion, “we have utilized this information, obtained it to model and evaluate our infrastructure, identify critical drainage improvement projects and identify and correct maintenance issues in our stormwater collection system.”
The budget proposal also suggests a Stormwater Fund, which will support various projects to maintain drainage, including cleaning more than 1,300 miles of streets monthly and clearing out debris from storm drains.
To read the full budget proposal, click here.