Louisiana divvies up $60 million in funding for shovel-ready flood relief projects

28 May 2021

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Louisiana divvied up more than $60 million in funding Thursday for shovel-ready flood control projects as part of the state’s $1.2 billion Watershed Initiative.

East Baton Rouge Parish received roughly $14 million of that funding to purchase floodplains along Bayou Duplantier and Ward Creek, preventing future development there that could worsen flooding. It also received $4.69 million to build "green infrastructure" along Cypress Bayou.

The Council on Watershed Management also gave approval Thursday to fund up to $100 million in buy-outs and elevation programs in flood-prone areas of Denham Springs, Scott, West Monroe and Washington Parish. That's in addition to programs underway in Lake Charles, St. Tammany and Vermillion parishes.

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