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Drainage projects moving forward in St. Martinville

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Drainage projects proposed in St. Martinville are moving forward to the parish council after a vote by the city council.

A lengthy agenda at Monday's St. Martinville city council meeting and among the items, a resolution to request financial assistance from the St. Martin Parish government for a drainage study.

"It's urban runoff now. With all the urban runoff, the water has nowhere to go. It's got to go somewhere," said the Mayor of St. Martinville, Thomas Nelson. 

Nelson explained that the city hopes to construct pipes that drain run-off water into the Vermilion River so that the flood-prone areas no longer flood. He added that he hopes constructing the pipes will help the water flow instead of flood every time it rains.

Like many areas in South Louisiana, drainage is a major issue.

The council is requesting funding for three projects in the city. One in their Durand subdivision and Magnolia Park area. Another on Highway 96, Larue Simeon Valerie Road and Academy Drive area. The third will be on S. Main Street and Ledoux Street.

The new projects come amid a $21 million drainage project in St. Martin parish which is expected to be completed by 2020.

"Water doesn't read a parish line it doesn't read a municipal line it just goes where it's going and unfortunately with the development we try to make it go where God don't want it to go," said interim parish president, Chester Cedars, as he addressed the council.

The request for funding was passed unanimously.

Now, it is up to the parish to approve and assist with this study. Cedars said he doesn't think it will be an issue. So far there is no timeline on when the work will be done or how much it will cost.

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