OUR TURN: Remembering Historic 2016 Flood

OUR TURN: Remembering Historic 2016 Flood

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two years have passed since historic flooding hit our area and recently, there have finally been some things to celebrate.

The Comite River Diversion Project is now fully funded. Most of our schools that flooded are finally back up and running. And, a cutting-edge research facility, The Water Campus, has opened on the banks of the Mississippi River.

But the fight is far from over. Some of you are still in temporary housing. Some are still fighting for recovery dollars that have been promised for a long time. And, some of us wonder if we have learned any lessons.

A recent study found that Ascension Parish had one of the nation's highest rates of development in the flood plain since the year 2000. And, a story in The Advocate noted that development in flood-prone areas continues largely unchecked around much of metro Baton Rouge since 2016.

We'll never forget what happened two years ago, but let's make sure we take the time to learn from it and get better prepared for the next flood.

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