Residents call for a moratorium on development in EBR

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– East Baton Rouge homeowners are asking parish leaders to consider a moratorium on development so drainage can be addressed.

Richard Vlosky said, “We are kind of dealing with it — with being out of the house for quite a while.”

Packing up before the next storm hits, that’s what Vlosky is left to do after the last flood weeks ago.

“Lost so much from the floods, had to be rescued in boats, and you really don’t understand the magnitude of that, until you go through it,” said Vlosky.

East Baton Rouge residents said all of this new development is causing issues in the surrounding communities that never had problems with flooding before.

Homewood Civic Association President Greg Dupre said, “This is the first time my home has been flooded in 32 years, but now with this development, new roofs, slabs, and streets, the water just comes off much faster. We’ve seen water coming from that subdivision into our backyards.”

They said wetlands are being destroyed and infrastructure is lacking.

“They’ve got to slow it down; they’ve got to create some extra storage for our rainwater. It gets trapped,’’ said Dupre.

Residents are petitioning for change.

“We’d like to see a moratorium on development in this area and any other areas in East Baton Rouge Parish where people have been impacted as we have been.”

Fears are rising with every downpour.

Vlosky said, “With eight to ten inches on the way, potentially, I am really concerned that we are going to flood again.”

The parish said they have several projects in the works that will hopefully solve these drainage problems. 

“We are looking for concern and action from our elected officials,” said Vlosky.

A Metro Council meeting will be on Wednesday, June 23 at 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the River Center Library Branch. It is open to the public.

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