Governor John Bel Edwards announced today federal funding for flood control projects in the Baton Rouge area. Edwards says 220 million dollars will go to local governments in the Capital region as part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
“This will allow us to advance projects in the near term with real dollars that will help prevent or lessen the impact of future floods.”
Edwards says each parish will submit a plan to FEMA before the money will be allocated. He says some of the money will be used to buy back significantly damaged homes from last year’s flood and make it a green space. He says the rest of the funds will go to….
“Better control the flood waters on a flood plain basis, which is why these dollars are going to go to a lot of drainage projects.”
None of this money will go toward the much talked about Comite Diversion Canal Project because funding for that must come from a different source. Edwards says after Hurricane Katrina, a majority of hazard mitigation grant dollars went towards elevating homes but that won’t be the case this time.
“We are trying to transition away from that because that is so expensive and you use up all the available dollars if you elevate too many structures.”