East Baton Rouge Parish Flood Risk Reduction

The authorized project is intended to reduce flooding throughout East Baton Rouge Parish by improving 66 miles of channels in 5 sub-basins iincluding Jones Creek, Ward Creek, Bayou Fountain, Blackwater Bayou, and Beaver Bayou . This project consists of  clearing and snagging, widening, concrete lining and improvements to existing culverts and bridges to reduce headwater flooding/backwater overflow in the Amite River Basin. The Feasibility Study was authorized in WRDA 1992 and the Chief’s report approved Dec 1996. Project was first authorized for construction in WRDA 1999 at a total cost of $113M, increased in 2003 by the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution (CAR) to $150M, increased again in WRDA 2007 to $187M ($255M in current dollars)