Feedback Wanted on $1.2B Flood Grant

28 Sep 2019

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LAFAYETTE, LA — Over a billion dollars to prevent future flooding disasters is one step closer to being used.

Lafayette Parish and its unincorporated areas estimate over $750M of total losses in its last major flood event. Since it’s one of the 10 parishes most affected in recent years, it could also benefit the most from this grant.

"It’s more than just building projects but that’s an important part of it", said Pat Forbes, executive director of the Louisiana Office of Public Development.

$1.2B is a lot to spend on fighting future flood disasters, but the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) hopes to use it in a non-traditional way.

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