The East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council authorized the Mayor-President to approve the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Ascension Parish Government and East Baton Rouge Parish to expand the clearing and grubbing of Bayou Manchac. This was a time sensitive matter in order to meet time deadlines for contracts and agreements with Ascension Parish Government. Ascension Parish Council will be addressing the same agreement on January 20, 2022.

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves released the following statement as the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is set to consider an agreement tonight that would expedite Bayou Manchac debris removal. Since the May 2021 flood, Graves has collaborated with Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Iberville Parish stakeholders to develop and reach regional flood control solutions.

“Disaster destruction doesn’t stop at a parish line so regional flood protection requires a regional solution. We’re making significant progress with stakeholders and officials from Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Iberville Parishes and the Pontchartrain Levee District. Federal funding was secured and now we’re using the discussions to move us to solutions faster. It remains a priority to remove debris and increase drainage of Bayou Manchac, Alligator Bayou, and Spanish Lake basin to protect our homes, businesses and families,” Graves said.

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