city government flood protection and drainage

City Council approves $7 million Bayou St. John drainage project

A diagram showing the structure of the drainage improvements in Bayou St. John. (via City of New Orleans)
A diagram showing the structure of the drainage improvements in Bayou St. John. (via City of New Orleans)

The New Orleans City Council signed off on a $7 million project Thursday to reduce street flooding in the Bayou St. John area through a combination of traditional drainage and new techniques designed to absorb more water into the ground.

The project will focus on 21 blocks bounded by the St. Louis Canal, North Broad Street, Orleans Avenue and Hagan Avenue, according to presentations by the city earlier this month. Existing stormwater drains will be improved, but new structures that use native plants to help the ground soak up more water will also be added.

More specific details about the project have yet to be revealed as it remains in a design phase, city officials have said, but a series of public meetings will be held to present the project to the neighborhood.

On Thursday, the City Council voted to authorize Mayor Mitch Landrieu to sign agreements with the state for the drainage project. Because the council had already given its enthusiastic approval to the project at a previous meeting of its budget committee, the item was approved without discussion as part of the consent agenda of routine items.

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