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City of Scott continues improving drainage

Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 21:02:27-04

The City of Scott is continuing to work on drainage improvements.

Crews finished up cleaning Coulee Ile des Cannes from Old Spanish Trail north to I-10 on Thursday.

Scott Mayor Jan-Scott Richard says the coulee was cluttered with debris and water wasn't flowing properly.

"It's beautiful now," Richard said. "It hasn't looked like this in years. It's going to be a great project to make sure that water continues to flow and doesn't impede any of our neighbors throughout our community."

Cleaning Coulee Ile des Cannes cost roughly $260,000. Construction crews firmed up the shore line and made sure the coulee was graded to keep water flowing.

Richard said this project is part of a much larger movement to improve drainage in Scott.

Recently, the Ile des Cannes Flood Control Project received $2,400,000 in funding from FEMA to widen and deepen the coulee south of Old Spanish Trail.

"We felt like it was good to piggy back this project," Richard said.

Next month, the city will host a town hall style drainage improvement plan meeting. The goal is to get input from the community for the city to draft a comprehensive drainage plan.

Richard said, "It would address not only coulees and channels, but road side ditches and maintenance of those road side ditches."

Mayor Richard is hopeful to continue coulee cleaning projects each year moving forward.