July 5, 2018
$760 million for West Shore Hurricane Protection Levee
Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today one of the largest flood protection investments in Louisiana history -- nearly $3 billion in federal funding for priority flood and hurricane protection projects in south Louisiana. This includes nearly $1.4 billion in new federal funding and approximately $1.5 billion in recently announced flood protection and mitigation funding. The federal funding provides well over half-a-billion dollars to complete the Comite River Diversion Canal and major flood control projects in East Baton Rouge Parish – the culmination of a tireless determination to get Comite done and to enhance flood protection for the entire Capital Region.
As Chair of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, Graves has jurisdiction over the Corps of Engineers and has been working closely with the White House, Army and Corps leadership on appropriations, expediting projects and realigning priorities.
“This is not a drill. This is not merely a hope and a prayer. The logjam has been completely broken, and we are getting the best flood protection we’ve ever had. Comite will be completed in three-to-four years, and the flood protection we deserved in 1983 and again in 2016 will soon arrive throughout the Capital Region and the state,” said Graves, the chairman of the Transportation subcommittee on Water Resources and Development (jurisdiction over the Corps of Engineers).
On April 5th, Cong. Graves and Governor John Bel Edwards announced an additional $1.213 billion in federal flood mitigation funds, which will be applied to additional flood mitigation measures and projects in the Capital Region and throughout Louisiana. Graves has urged investments in the West Shore, Upper Barataria Risk Reduction, Amite River, Lafourche Parish hurricane and flood protection, Morganza to the Gulf projects and others.
Graves continued, “After our countless meetings and extensive negotiations with Corps leadership and White House officials, Louisiana will take an historic leap forward to tackle historic flood conditions. This is one of the largest investments in flood protection in Louisiana history. No more studies. We will be turning dirt and protecting our families.
St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom added, “Full funding for the West Shore hurricane protection levee is the biggest WIN in Parish history and it will remain so for many years to come. Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Graves, a strong will and determination and outstanding relationships with our partners, this project is coming to fruition. Levee protection has been my number one priority since taking office and through hard work, persistence and resolve, what seemed to be an insurmountable feat has been accomplished. This is a great day for everyone in the region and I am elated to share this awesome news.”