St. Tammany Parish Ongoing Flood Mitigation Efforts Aided by Additional Grant Funding
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that approximately $6 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding will augment ongoing Parish Government initiatives to support the continued commitment to flood mitigation and resiliency within St. Tammany. In late September, St. Tammany Parish was awarded $2.3 million in (HMGP) dollars on the heels of the 2016 floods that impacted this area. This is in addition to the $3.7 million announced in December of 2016. This funding will be used to further flood mitigation efforts Parish Government works toward every day.
“Water is part of our daily life here, and as such, we must find ways to manage its impact when necessary, and this funding helps us to continue to do so,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “These projects are well thought out, and based on data we gather about how water impacts certain areas of our community. They are designed to have lasting protective impact.”
These initiatives include the elevation of 87 homes as of early August 2017. In addition, 17 home elevations are in progress, and 50 have had funding approved, but have not yet started. St. Tammany Parish Government has acquired five homes that have experienced losses through repetitive flooding. This process, the most permanent form of flood mitigation, is voluntary, and involves the purchase of the homes from the owners, removal of the structures, and maintenance of the property by Parish Government, thereby removing the home from a flood hazard area.
Applications have been submitted for the newly awarded grant- funded dollars, to utilize this money for projects like, the creation of a detention pond which will accommodate approximately 35 acres of flood plain storage within the Bogue Falaya Basin in the Covington area — a portion of St. Tammany that experienced severe flooding in 2016. Other projects include: road elevation projects in various areas near Slidell as well as lateral drainage improvement projects in the most heavily impacted areas of the Parish. These projects are all pending approval from FEMA, before they can proceed.
To learn more about this, and any other road or drainage projects in your area that your Parish Government is working on visit, www.stpgov.org/progress and use our interactive map. You can also learn more about these projects when you sign up for Parish emails at www.stpgov.org.