The flood control project has been given $40 million in state funding
In Baton Rouge, La., local and state officials have decided to move forward with the East Baton Rouge Flood Risk Reduction Project. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he has committed $40 million in state funding during a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 7. According to WBRZ, the funding will provide the match for the project, securing the federal funding for the infrastructure.
According to WBRZ, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided $225 million for the project last year. However, the project was halted after the state and the city-parish was unable to match $65 million needed to fund the project.
Local funding found! The plan to dredge and clean 5 major tributaries in EBR is moving forward. It’ll be completed in four years.
— Brittany Weiss WBRZ (@MsBWeiss) August 7, 2019
The state and parish will share the cost of approximately $25 million in addition to the match that will be paid for throughout the upcoming years, according to WBRZ. In addition, the city of Central will contribute $4 million to the project. According to WBRZ, the project will help dredge, widen and upgrade 66 miles of waterways in the parish that will help reduce flooding for residents and businesses.
"Backwater flooding was a major factor for residents and businesses during the Great Flood of 2016," state officials said in a release, according to WBRZ. "Our residents deserve relief from floods that seem to be happening more frequently. This is an important step to reducing the effects of future major floods in our community. I appreciate the leadership of Governor Edwards and Congressman Graves to help make this project a reality.”