BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The city of Baton Rouge announced the latest in the East Baton Rouge Stormwater Master Plan and detailed a project on Ward Creek on Siegen Lane that will be the next step in reducing floodwaters.
In May, apartments, homes, and businesses surrounding the Siegen Lane overpass dealt with flooding once again. Now the city is going to widen the creek to clear a choke point under the bridge where an old road used to cross the creek.
“I assure you that help is taking place and help will continue to be on the way,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
Neighbors in the Meadow Lane subdivision said the floodwaters have risen higher and higher each year as more of the area is developed. The Morning Glenn neighborhood took on water for the first time in May due to the water backing up on the creek. This project will give it more room to flow and reduce the water levels by two feet.
“It’s moving about 400 feet of field that’s in this area that was here from the old bridge for Siegen Lane,” Director of Transportation Fred Raiford said. “A lot of people ask, ‘why did you not do this to start with?’ Well not until you saw the models we were able to project a lot of this impact upstream and downstream.”
The project is going to be on the federal government’s dime with FEMA paying $1.8 million. The hope is it will prevent further flooding all along the stream and will be able to withstand a 100-year rain event.
“This project is also expected to have a reduction on the flood water elevations on Dawson Creek and Bayou Duplantier,” Mayor-President Broome said.
Some residents said this needed to be done sooner and the city emphasizes its been in the works for years.
“We are excited to know that we are finally getting through the rules and regulations. We still have to follow the federal rules to be able to get the projects approved through the process,” Raiford said.
The Metro Council will hold a vote to approve the engineers at the next meeting to begin the design. Construction will begin at the end of 2022 and is estimated to last 7-8 months.