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Governor Spending Millions to Fight Flooding in Louisiana



LOUISIANA – Governor John Bel Edwards has announced plans to spend more than $160 million in federal dollars to pay for 15 projects around the state to reduce the risk of flooding. But only one of these projects is in northwest Louisiana.

  • Ascension and Livingston parishes: $42 million for La. Hwy 22 bridge construction and drainage improvements
  • Cameron and Vermilion parishes: $25 million for the Mermentau Basin inundation relief project
  • Livingston Parish: $15 million for parish drainage improvements
  • Vernon Parish: $14.3 million for Anacoco Creek watershed improvements
  • Beauregard Parish: $12.8 million for Bundick Lake flood surcharge management
  • Franklin Parish: $10.2 million for Turkey Creek retention improvements and critical infrastructure hardening
  • St. Tammany Parish: $10 million for residential elevations and buyouts
  • Vermilion Parish: $10 million for residential elevations and buyouts
  • Caddo Parish: $6.6 million for Black Bayou structure hardening and runoff retention improvements
  • East Baton Rouge Parish: $5 million for the University Lakes flood risk reduction project
  • Rapides Parish: $3.7 million for LSU Alexandria drainage improvements
  • St. Landry Parish: $2.9 million for Three Mile Lake backwater flood reduction
  • Jackson Parish: $2.7 million for Caney Lake flood surcharge management
  • Rapides and Evangeline parishes: $2.2 million for Bayou Cocodrie runoff retention and critical infrastructure improvements
  • Grant Parish: $1.1 million for Iatt Lake drawdown improvements