Federal funding of $ 61.6M announced for flood risk reduction projects

Governor Edwards on Thursday announced $ 61.6 million in federal funding for 16 statewide flood risk reduction projects under the Watershed Project Grants Program: Local and Regional: Round 1 .

The first round funding opportunity is part of the state’s action plan to spend $ 1.2 billion in federal block grant mitigation funds for community development.

“Last week, heavy rains once again inundated flood-weary communities across Louisiana, underscoring our state’s growing flood risk and the urgent need for better flood risk reduction. , I am encouraged to report that relief is on its way, ”Governor Edwards said. . “Through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, we are working to tackle large-scale flooding with immediate and long-term solutions. These projects are pushing us in the right direction.

Today’s funding announcement follows the state‘s grant of $ 163 million in March for 15 projects and programs designed to address similar mitigation needs across the state. Together, the awards total $ 224 million awarded to 31 flood mitigation projects across Louisiana since the state received $ 1.2 billion in federal mitigation funding in September.

This summer, the regional steering committees will present project recommendations for the remaining $ 40 million in round one funding.
In addition, the state has spent more than $ 100 million on buyback and elevation programs and an early launch of the second series as part of a design support pilot. The buybacks and rises will occur in the flood prone areas of Lake Charles, Denham Springs, Washington Parish, West Monroe and Scott as part of the LWI non-structural program. The Design Support Pilot Project will capitalize on opportunities associated with Round 1 applications, where technical capabilities or difficulties have created difficulties, and where investment in design support can improve the effectiveness of applications. local projects.

With these announcements, prices for LWI projects will total more than $ 450 million in the first year after the state received federal funding for mitigation.

Members of the five state agencies represented on the Watershed Management Board rated Round 1 projects through a competitive process based on evaluation and rating criteria and program policies and procedures. The winning projects are in line with LWI’s long-term resilience goals and the state’s $ 1.2 billion CDBG-MIT action plan.

Future rounds of the Watershed Project Grant program will benefit from predictive watershed modeling tools under development and enhanced data collection capacities, as part of the monitoring, mapping and modeling program. watersheds, as well as regional planning of floodplain management by watershed, in the Regional Capacity Building Program.

The 16 projects awarded and the funding amounts requested are as follows:

$ 10 million for Chatlin Lake Canal Overflow Relief Structure in Rapides Parish
$ 8.5 million for the acquisition of the Bayou Duplantier floodplain in the parish of East Baton Rouge
$ 5.7 million for the acquisition of the Ward Creek floodplain in the parish of East Baton Rouge
$ 5.36 million for Ockley Basin storage project in Caddo Parish
$ 5.3 million for upgrades to the Huffman Creek Pumping Station and Rapides Parish Outfall
$ 4.7 million for the Coulee Mine East detention project in the parish of Lafayette
$ 4.7 million for Cypress Bayou green infrastructure in the parish of East Baton Rouge
$ 3.3 million for the hardening of the Dellwood drainage pumping station in the parish of Saint-Tammany
$ 2.9 million for Church Point detention and Acadia Parish flood protection
$ 2.85 million for the dike of the East Slidell ring in the parish of Saint-Tammany
$ 1.9 million for emergency back-up pumps for the Lafourche parish pumping stations
$ 1.9 million for Horseshoe Canal Hardening Project in Rapides Parish
$ 1.8 million for the hardening of the Lee Street pumping station in the parish of St. Tammany
$ 1.25 million for the improvement of the drainage pump of the Bonadona-Cataldo subdivision in the parish of Ascension
$ 749,000 for the flood wall of the Coushatta Casino Resort wastewater treatment plant in Allen Parish
$ 659,500 for the improvement of the Maringouin drainage in the parish of Iberville

For more information on Round 1 projects, click here. For more information about LWI, visit the website or email [email protected]

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