EBR storm water master plan slated for 2021 completion

Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 5:34 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish will complete its storm water master plan in early 2021, parish drainage director Fred Raiford said Monday.

Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome commissioned the work soon after the 2016 flood event. This is the first comprehensive flood mitigation guide of its kind the parish has adopted.

“Projects are important,” Broome said at a press conference Monday. “But we recognize that we must plan and build smarter than we have in the past.”

The master plan will include new ideas for projects and recommendations for building codes. Researchers are currently compiling data that will allow them to predict flood levels at specific points in the road, based on weather forecasts.

“Our goal and objective is to look at ways to reduce flood risk,” Raiford.

Raiford asked East Baton Rouge residents to submit their own input using a new website, where the city will also post progress updates and the results of its research. Engineers will also compile drainage complaints made to the 3-1-1 hotline into their research.

A number of projects that aim to reduce flooding are already underway. Parish officials say some problem neighborhoods will see a flood reduction of up to 2 feet when all of their plans, including the Comite River diversion canal, are complete in the mid-2020′s.

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WAFB’s Matt Houston will have an update on the evening editions of 9News.

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