BRAC holds debate with several EBR mayoral candidates

Updated: Oct. 13, 2020 at 9:44 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The candidates vying to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish took part in a debate Tuesday, Oct. 13.

One issue they talked about was flooding in the parish. The current mayor-president, Sharon Weston Broome, touted plan already in place, while her challengers called for more action.

“We have certainly moved the needle, and you’ll see more in 2021 as these plans begin to be implemented,” Broome said.

“We need to ensure that the priority is getting these ditches and everything clean. If the people in the department cannot do it, then maybe we need to look at outsourcing it,” said Steve Carter.

“I don’t why that maintenance program is not working like it should be, but I would make sure that that was on a regular basis because, I mean, we can talk all day about flooding, but until it hits your door, then you don’t get it,” said Rep. C. Denise Marcelle.

“We’re doing studies now on the five major tributaries, but we can be doing work while the studies are going on, and that’s not happening,” Councilman Matt Watson said.

“The current council and administration has had four years since the Great Flood of 2016 to ensure that we address this problem, and the only they have produced to the residents is a plan,” Jordan Piazza said.

“We also have to look at retention capabilities of neighborhoods, not only the new developments, make sure they can retain the water or the old ones can also be made to look at retention of water. It’s a volume problem,” said Eric Guirard.

Click here to watch the full debate. Election Day is Nov. 3.

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