The Department of Public Works gives update on drainage cleanup ahead of Nicholas

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — We can expect heavy rain to hit Baton Rouge as Nicholas makes its way through, but The Department of Public Works (DPW) says they have made significant progress on improving drainage. 

The Stormwater Master Plan sets out to improve drainage across East Baton Rouge. Part of that plan is to clean out debris and sediment in storm drains. We checked in with DPW to find out if these efforts have prepared Baton Rouge for another major rain event. 

Chief Administrative Officer with DPW, Kelvin Hill says, “we are concerned about the integrity of our drainage system” after multiple flood events like what we experienced in 2016 and last May. After further inspection, there was additional concern over the level of sediment and debris clogging the storm drains. “We inspected over 66,000 of our storm drains and determined that some of them had said levels of sediment in them that concerned us,” says Hill.

Hill says the project is about 85% complete, and since the start of the project, more than 66,000 storm drains have been inspected and cleaned out by DPW.

To find out more about the Stormwater Master Plan, visit the website here

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