The reduction of flood risk for the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish has been a chief focus of my administration. Upon taking office in 2017, I worked to secure funding for the development of the East Baton Rouge Stormwater Capital Improvement Plan. This plan will analyze the effects of increased rainfall on the city-parish’s drainage systems and focus on future development. In time, we will have data to provide an understanding and framework on how best to prepare for the development of land, structures and the flow of water.
The floods of 2016 and heavy rainfall events have proven the need for a comprehensive plan to address our flood risks and vulnerabilities. The program team brings a wealth of experience and are working with a host of partners to ensure the success of this effort. In addition to those partners, citizens, business owners, governmental agencies and community organizations will have an opportunity to engage in this planning process. This effort not only seeks to understand our current status but takes a comprehensive approach to plan for our future, moving our parish forward in terms of asset management and informed decision making to reduce risk.