As flash flooding becomes more frequent, East Baton Rouge officials struggle to find affordable solutions

Jul 28, 2019

Water systems experts and civil engineers say the ideal solutions to the flash flooding that's becoming more frequent in East Baton Rouge Parish during torrential rains are expensive and would take years to implement.

But residents of one of Baton Rouge's oldest neighborhoods, which has gotten swamped by storm water at least 14 times within the past five years, are demanding the city-parish immediately address what they call decades of mismanagement with the municipal drainage system.

The flash flooding during the June 6 storm served as a final straw for many in the Garden District, where residents have organized to push the city-parish to address the drainage deficiencies they say are responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage on one street alone.

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