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Drainage solutions underway for Lafayette Parish

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Major drainage changes are coming to Lafayette Parish, starting in May. Mayor-President Joel Robideaux outlines those in place at a press conference Thursday afternoon. 

The projects will be separated into two groups: Group A and Group B. Group A will consist of 27 projects, covering 40 miles and will cost $9 million. Group B will consist of 24 projects, covering 35 miles and will cost $10 million. 

Among the projects, there will be coulee and sewer cleaning, flushing systems, and repairing sinkholes. 

LCG and Public Works officials determined which projects fell into which group through a rating system. 

"Everyone knows since the 2016 flood event, that this is the issue for every elected official throughout Lafayette Parish. So, we have been working really hard to find the money, find the resources and to nail down a rating system," Robideaux said. 

Group A projects will be completed first before crews begin to work on Group B. Robideaux says he expects the majority of Group A will be finished by the end of 2018.

This plan is the next step in addressing drainage since the successful millage rededication passed by Lafayette Parish voters last November. The rededication provides $9 million in funding for deferred maintenance drainage projects, plus an additional $2.5 million for drainage each year. 

Click here more information on where the projects will take place and a map of the groups. 

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