BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — City officials held their final public meeting addressing flooding issues in East Baton Rouge Parish Tuesday.

The purpose of the meeting was to talk about how drainage systems are supposed to help with reducing flood risk in the parish. Many people who attended want answers from the city on how this plan will help their neighborhoods.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the East Baton Rouge Stormwater Master Plan Project team, hosted a meeting, updating the public on Broome’s 20-year Capital Improvement Plan.

“Some of these projects have already begun, the five bayou project, it’s been in the works for years… has started,” said District 11 Councilwoman Laurie Adams.

According to Senior Project Manager HNTB Melissa Kennedy, flooding in our area has increased for three reasons; climate change, urbanization and other developments in flood planning.

“Addressing maintenance is a huge issue. The other big concern [is] development policies,” said Kennedy.

Within 16 months, over 18.2 million pounds of debris was removed from the current drainage system but still, some homeowners, like Michelle Jetter, are left picking up the trash.

“I don’t see anybody from the city coming out and offering to clean it,” said Jetter.

Jetter wants to keep her home and neighborhood as clean as possible from all the excess flooding.

“There’s a lot of garbage, in the area, that I personally clean up, I mean, I can go around with a 5-pound bucket and pick up all kinds of stuff,” said Jetter.

The plans to remove debris are well underway, costing over $96 million in federal funding. The total estimated budget for the project will cost over $1.6 billion.

If you would like to submit public input about the master plan you can visit, click here.