St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Public Works Department Completes Drainage Project

Public Works Department Completes Drainage Project

Friday, November 21, 2014

To address historical flooding in LaPlace along Captain Bourgeois, Pine and Red Bud Streets, the Public Works Department recently completed a project to improve water flow throughout the area. Over approximately two months, the department installed an 18 inch pump on a concrete slab, constructed a large concrete junction box, installed a 72 inch culvert with backfill and grading, fencing, and a protective covering. The 18 inch pump will allow for water to flow out of the area toward Lake Pontchartrain. Funded through the 2009 Bond Issue, the project’s estimated cost was $150,000 and was completed in-house.

“I am very proud of the work my guys did on this project. While also tending to other responsibilities, the department completed the project within a timely manner,” said Public Works Director Brian Nunes.

This project in conjunction with the Persimmon Street Drainage Project completed in 2012 and other enhancements made in the area will improve drainage flow and relieve street flooding during heavy rain storms in the future. “We remain focused on addressing problematic areas and I am very pleased with the final product. I commend the department on their effort and professionalism in completing the work in-house,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.