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Flood mitigation projects evaluated

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A project evaluation committee held a meeting today to look at proposed flood mitigation projects for Acadiana.

The committee is reviewing projects submitted for inclusion in a federally-funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program established after the floods of March and August 2016. Our media partners at The Advocate report that two drainage improvements for Coulee Ill des Cannes in Scott appear likely to be funded under the project. 

To read the Advocate's complete story with details, click here

Parishes typically seek funding for individual mitigation projects such as home elevations. Following the massive 2016 floods, however, officials across Acadiana decided to apply for funding through the Acadiana Planning Commission, in the hopes reducing flood risk throughout the region.

Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the Acadiana leaders for pooling the money — which is administered through state government — when announcing the $25 million allocation at an August summit in Lafayette.

“They did this rather than pursue parochial and piecemeal solutions that ultimately would not have served the region as well,” Edwards said. “It’s harder, it requires more work, it is politically risky, but it is the right thing to do.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the program last summer; more than $300 million was set aside for projects. In Acadiana, there's about $30 million available. 

The meeting was held at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center. 

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