PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) — Plaquemine government officials say the city lacks the $11 million needed to make drainage improvements in the area.

Officials said drainage studies are complete but Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves, Jr. said the city lacks the funds needed to kickstart projects.

The mayor said he and the city board of selectmen are to consider which projects to add to the 2022-23 budget year beginning in November. City officials said Reeves has requested help from state and federal officials for grant funding.

Proposed eight drainage projects totaling $11,250,000 in Plaquemine:

  • North Plaquemine adjacent to La. Hwy. 1 – $488,520
  • Desobry Street – $121,388
  • Canal Street – $254,207
  • Hebert Street and High School Street – $189,836
  • Jean Street – $357,477
  • Charles Street – $27,600
  • Darby Avenue and Postell Avenue – $147,056
  • Holly Drive and Sherwood Drive – $760,437
  • Marshall Street interceptor – $7,549,750

Reeves said he recommends tackling projects where home flooding is a concern before forging ahead into other projects.

“Unfortunately, the City doesn’t have the funds to make these improvements now, but the study is a working document that gives us the information we needed to make good decisions on improvements as we can in future years,” he said. “It is a balancing act to address the City’s needs for its drainage, sewer system, water system and other needs. Hopefully, we will find some grant funds to help us address these needs.”

Two drainage projects out of city limits have been completed in south Plaquemine, which drain to Price Street Canal, according to Plaquemine city officials.

“The City thanks Parish President Ourso and the Parish Council for completing those two critical projects,” said Mayor Reeves. “We have already seen great improvement in drainage in the city during heavy rains from those projects.”

City officials said culverts have been checked in its hurricane season preparations.