What is Baton Rouge doing to fix issues with flooding?

What is Baton Rouge doing to fix issues with flooding?
Many areas in Baton Rouge flooded Tuesday and Wednesday due to heavy rains and poor drainage (Source: WAFB)
Many areas in Baton Rouge flooded Tuesday and Wednesday due to heavy rains and poor drainage (Source: WAFB)
Many areas in Baton Rouge flooded Tuesday and Wednesday due to heavy rains and poor drainage (Source: WAFB)
Many areas in Baton Rouge flooded Tuesday and Wednesday due to heavy rains and poor drainage (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Heavy rain this week reminded residents just how quickly the roads flood in parts of metro Baton Rouge. So what is the city doing to fix these ongoing issues?

"Most of our pump systems need to be rebuilt. We know we need to change those things, which is why the 22nd Street was under construction and planning to be rebuilt much sooner than what you saw in this situation," said Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD secretary.

According to Wilson, his department is in the process of repairing and replacing pumps in areas that have consistently flooded. He reminds drivers to also be more responsible. "It's important to never drive through standing water. We have this slogan 'turn around, don't drown' and we saw a number of vehicles that were tempted to travel through the water and that became a problem for them," said Wilson.

But what happens when it's too late to turn around? One area in Baton Rouge has proven to be a problem for years: Acadian Thruway near I-10. One of the reasons for the problem, Dr. Wilson says, is trash in the drains.

"Acadian, just on yesterday, flooded again. It speaks to the issue of litter. We have an amazing problem with litter, which is unfortunate, but when you have trash taken into the intake in the drains that were receiving water, the trash was blocking the water out."

Dr. Wilson says he also hopes to see more investing in infrastructure for the future.

"Most of our construction problems are really investing in infrastructure to build them to the current capacity or the future capacity needs to handle the environment that we see today, not the environment we saw 50 years ago," he said.

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