BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Flooding and drainage are two big issues in East Baton Rouge Parish and leaders said the work is happening around the clock.
“I tell you. We get many a phone call. All it has to do is cloud up a little bit and the phones start ringing,” said Fred Raiford, Director of Public Works for East Baton Rouge Parish.
The parish’s $15 million dollar Stormwater Master Plan is supposed to help. The planning process started in 2017. Now you can monitor its progress with a new website. On it, you’ll see a project overview, program goals and a program schedule.
“This is an effort to understand high risk areas and create a plan of action to move our city-parish forward toward a future when our communities experience less flooding, our valuable property is protected, and our family and friends are safe,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
The Stormwater master plan has three phases. We are currently in phase two which focuses on recommendations to keep water out of your house.
Tteams are currently collecting data through the 311 system for the city-parish’s 11 watersheds. Those are areas where rainwater drains before getting to the Amite or Comite Rivers.
City-Parish leaders say FEMA grant money will pay for flood risk and drainage projects and they aren’t waiting for the stormwater plan to be completed to get to work.
“I look forward to seeing some improvements that people can say I see where we used to have problems there. Now we don’t,” added Raiford.
You can see the full website here.