Wednesday, March 24, 2021
I would like to thank our citizens for recognizing the importance of the 1.69 drainage millage continuation and choosing to overwhelmingly support the millage.
The continuation of this revenue will allow us to move forward with identified drainage projects and continue to find ways to increase our resilience in the years to come as we address the flood protection needs of our citizens. The Parish Council and I agree, proper drainage is critical in protecting both life and property from the threat of flooding. I want to thank citizens for their trust in Parish Government to continue to use this funding responsibly.
The funds collected from this millage return approximately $3.9 million in revenue annually. Over 70 projects have been funded by this millage in the last 10 years.
In addition to the continuation of the drainage millage, Governor Edwards and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) have announced $163 million in funding from the Louisiana Watershed Initiative to be used throughout the state. St. Tammany Parish will receive $10 million of the federal funds to be used for nonstructural projects, including elevations and reconstruction of residential properties in flood-prone areas. Our coastal communities from Slidell to Madisonville are under frequent threat of storm surge and inland flooding, particularly during hurricane season. We greatly appreciate this funding which will support our efforts to implement resiliency and flood risk reduction plans for the benefit of our citizens most negatively impacted.
St. Tammany remains under a Flash Flood Watch through the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021. I am encouraging all citizens to remain weather aware by utilizing multiple sources for weather updates, including warnings, should they be issued. We will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.
As always, should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Michael B. Cooper