Baton Rouge, La – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced an update on the ongoing Comite River Clearing Project, a vital project to enhance drainage in East Baton Rouge Parish.
"With every ton of material removed from the Comite River, we are one step closer to a safer and more resilient community," said Mayor Broome. "The progress we have achieved thus far is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the teams involved in this critical project. We remain committed to enhancing our drainage system and protecting our residents from potential flooding risks."
Since the project's commencement, substantial headway has been made, with 1626 tons of materials successfully removed from the channel. The clearing efforts have advanced up to the Central Thruway, covering an impressive distance of approximately 3.75 miles.
The improvements made to the Comite River waterway have rendered it more transparent and navigable, significantly reducing potential obstructions. This achievement underscores the project's significance in enhancing the drainage system's overall efficiency, ensuring the community's safety and well-being.
Looking ahead, City-Parish anticipates receiving the permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers for the second phase in the near future. This significant milestone will mark another step forward in the ongoing efforts to enhance drainage along the Comite River.
Mayor Broome thanks the dedicated individuals and teams in the Comite River Clearing Project. Their efforts, combined with the ongoing support and engagement of the community, are instrumental in driving positive change and building a brighter future for East Baton Rouge Parish.