State seeks public input on spending $1.2B in flood mitigation funds

30 Oct 2019

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Public comments on a proposed action plan for spending $1.2 billion in federal funds dedicated to flood mitigation will be accepted through Nov. 29.

The proposed Action Plan outlines the state’s approach to funding projects, data collection, modeling and policy measures that align with the Louisiana Watershed Initiative's long-term resiliency objectives.

The last of four listening tours to gain input across the state was held Tuesday. The Monroe area hosted an event Thursday.

Monroe, West Monroe and parish officials gathered at the Ouachita Parish Emergency Operation Center to learn about the draft plan and the funds.

The Watershed Initiative plans to use a portion of the money to support project construction, high-quality data collection and the development of computer modeling to better assess, predict and prepare for water movement throughout the state. These measures could help local leaders to prioritize and select long-term projects.

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