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Comite Diversion Canal.....time to take it seriously

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Here's one EBR Flood Map...don't remember posting anything like this

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_8c551318-0feb-11e7-8211-fb5546dd2e8e.html

Flood depth map

 

Here is a MORE detailed map when you zoom in; even shows houses effected...i'd say it's abt 98% accurate

http://ebrgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=1c4ac9fca97846d2a1780a90fc68c6eb

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Without the canal, most of the parish is off the map as far as development including large parts of Baton Rouge that have been developed for 100 years.

The most populated parish in the entire state can't even get a ditch built.

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Advocate Editorial:

Gov Edward's announces brilliant plan to invest in Nigerian royalty

"When the son of the deposed King of Nigeria emails you directly asking for help, you help", said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.    "Since New Orleans is already flush with every last state tax dollar collected from Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and Lafayette......there is no better investment for Louisiana than one with a guaranteed return of 300%"

We at the Baton Rouge Advocate took a very rare break from kissing the governor's feet to publicly applaud this bold, brilliant move.   We believe this is a far better investment for Louisiana's tax dollars than that Comite Diversion canal.   After all, what are the chances that we see flooding like that ever again?

The King of Nigeria could not be reached for comment.

LINK - The Baton Rouge Advocate

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^

^LOL! Sad but true. I have a state job and one of the veterans had been telling me the state is in fact... found lacking.

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http://www.wafb.com/story/35077865/gov-john-bel-edwards-testifies-about-flood-recovery-before-congressional-committee

In a congressional hearing, Louisiana's governor didn't know how many people were displaced by the flooding.    FEMA gets blasted for allocate giant fema trailers that are too large for most homes or to be towed by a common pickup truck, slowing their distribution.   

Still no mention of funding for a diversion canal that could have saved thousands of homes.   Or why the state is paying landowners so much to lease space to house FEMA trailers from Katrina that are apparently too rotted to use today.   

It's like they took what they learned from Katrina and Sandy and decided to screw things up even more on response while ignoring a potential solution completely.  

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I'm honestly shocked.  

 

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Nearly 313 acres purchased for Comite River Diversion Canal land mitigation

https://www.businessreport.com/article/nearly-313-acres-purchased-comite-river-diversion-canal-land-mitigation

The Amite River Basin Commission purchased nearly 313 acres of land last week in the McHugh Swamp area to be used as mitigation for construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal.

The Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District, represented by Don Thompson, paid roughly $1.5 million to Troyland LLC, represented by Troy Furr, for approximately 312.8 acres, according to sales documents filed Friday.

Dietmar Rietschier, executive director of the Amite River Basin Commission, says the land will be used to mitigate work done on the canal in the next few years.

The 313 acres and other land purchased by the commission in recent years will offset unavoidable wetlands impact by the project. The land used for mitigation will be preserved and will not be used for development.

The Comite River Diversion Canal is a long-proposed canal running between Baker and Zachary that will connect the Comite and Mississippi rivers. The canal will supposedly divert flood water into the Mississippi River during heavy rains.

 

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The commission has been working on the project since 2001, even though the canal has been in the works for nearly three decades, and collects a 3-mill property tax from East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes.

Rietschier says the project has been continuously beset by governmental delays and inefficiencies. He calls it an “agonizing slow project.”

 

 

This project is absolutely critical for the continued growth of northern East Baton Rouge (as well as Livingston).  

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We'll see:

360 acres bought for Comite diversion project, next phase could begin in 2018

SAM KARLIN | @samkarlin
NOVEMBER 2, 2017
  

The Amite River Basin Commission has purchased another 360 acres of land for the long-delayed Comite River Diversion Canal project.  

With the new land—which is in the McHugh Swamp between Baker and Zachary—the commission now has the land it needs to begin construction on the next phase of the diversion canal. The next step, says commission executive director Dietmar Rietschier, is building bridges and moving utilities along an area between state highways 19 and 67.

Rietschier says the land purchased this week will be used both as right of way for the canal and to mitigate impacts on wetlands, which is required by the federal government.

If funding for the project comes through, Rietschier says the next phase will begin construction in six to 12 months. The project has been delayed for years and has become a flashpoint for drainage concerns in the wake of last year’s flood, which devastated the region where the canal is planned.

The roughly 360 acres brings the total land the commission has acquired to well over 1,000 acres. The commission bought the land for $2 million from Beech Grove Farms limited partnership in a deal that closed Wednesday.

The commission, the state Department of Transportation and Development and the Army Corps of Engineers have been buying up land in recent years and building a large flood control project at Lily Bayou. A lack of funding has long hampered the project, which was designed to mitigate flooding by diverting water to the Mississippi River.

“All of this hinges on funding,” Rietschier says. “I feel very optimistic that once we move forward we’ll gain the momentum to keep going.”

businessreport.com

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On 11/3/2017 at 9:15 AM, dan326 said:

We'll see:

360 acres bought for Comite diversion project, next phase could begin in 2018

SAM KARLIN | @samkarlin
NOVEMBER 2, 2017
  

The Amite River Basin Commission has purchased another 360 acres of land for the long-delayed Comite River Diversion Canal project.  

With the new land—which is in the McHugh Swamp between Baker and Zachary—the commission now has the land it needs to begin construction on the next phase of the diversion canal. The next step, says commission executive director Dietmar Rietschier, is building bridges and moving utilities along an area between state highways 19 and 67.

Rietschier says the land purchased this week will be used both as right of way for the canal and to mitigate impacts on wetlands, which is required by the federal government.

If funding for the project comes through, Rietschier says the next phase will begin construction in six to 12 months. The project has been delayed for years and has become a flashpoint for drainage concerns in the wake of last year’s flood, which devastated the region where the canal is planned.

The roughly 360 acres brings the total land the commission has acquired to well over 1,000 acres. The commission bought the land for $2 million from Beech Grove Farms limited partnership in a deal that closed Wednesday.

The commission, the state Department of Transportation and Development and the Army Corps of Engineers have been buying up land in recent years and building a large flood control project at Lily Bayou. A lack of funding has long hampered the project, which was designed to mitigate flooding by diverting water to the Mississippi River.

“All of this hinges on funding,” Rietschier says. “I feel very optimistic that once we move forward we’ll gain the momentum to keep going.”

businessreport.com

A baby step in the right direction.

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On 11/10/2017 at 12:20 AM, Antrell Williams said:

Could this be a class action case against the state? Obviously not if we haven't seen "If you or anyone you know..." commercials. 

It should be.   It's ridiculous how hostile the state is to the needs of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.

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On 11/10/2017 at 12:20 AM, Antrell Williams said:

 Obviously not if we haven't seen "If you or anyone you know..." commercials. 

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Nearly Two Years since the Great Flood of 16'

Newsmaker of the Week: Comite River Diversion Canal  

With a host of state and congressional leaders pleading the case, Louisiana has finally secured the federal funds necessary to complete the long-delayed Comite River Diversion Canal. The sought-after funding is part of a $1.4 billion package from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be used for flood and hurricane protection projects throughout the state, but there is still no deadline for when the canal will be built.

A lack of funding has long hampered the Comite River Diversion Canal, but the project regained some urgency after the August 2016 flooding. The 12-mile canal is supposed to provide flood protection to the Lower Comite and Lower Amite River Basins, benefiting areas such as Central, Port Vincent, Denham Springs, Baker and Zachary. The canal would reduce flood stages at areas within the basins by diverting water from the Comite River and three bayous to the Mississippi River.

In May 2016, the Amite River Basin Commission had purchased 360 acres of land in the McHugh Swamp area for the project, the commission followed up by acquiring another 300 plus acres in 2017 and 89 acres earlier this year, with officials saying that but for lack of funding and permitting, construction could begin within a year.

*rest of article

https://www.businessreport.com/article/newsmaker-comite-river-diversion-canal

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Don't blame you Dan....it's easy for me to do too.  Countless delays on so many different area projects (including this one) make it frustrating ! + Status Quo attitudes :rolleyes:

Just got back from my 1st Trip to So. Cal...  WOW!   Very few places can make Houston seem small...but the L.A. area is one of them!!  The new Wilshire Tower(city's new 2nd Tallest) looks really nice!   That place is the Freeway capital of the World! :blink:  The mountains  were cool & seeing the Pacific Ocean too.:shades:   San Diego was my favorite...Anaheim resort area was nice too. 

Gas $3.69 there compared to $2.49 here....CO$T of Living there :o  NO THANKS!  People are basically being  forced to  move out.

$250,000  house here in BR =  $964,000 in Anaheim

It doesn't rain over there in the Summer...but here in South Louisiana you sneeze too loud & it rains!

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5 hours ago, richyb83 said:

Don't blame you Dan....it's easy for me to do too.  Countless delays on so many different area projects (including this one) make it frustrating ! + Status Quo attitudes :rolleyes:

Just got back from my 1st Trip to So. Cal...  WOW!   Very few places can make Houston seem small...but the L.A. area is one of them!!  The new Wilshire Tower(city's new 2nd Tallest) looks really nice!   That place is the Freeway capital of the World! :blink:  The mountains  were cool & seeing the Pacific Ocean too.:shades:   San Diego was my favorite...Anaheim resort area was nice too. 

Gas $3.69 there compared to $2.49 here....CO$T of Living there :o  NO THANKS!  People are basically being  forced to  move out.

$250,000  house here in BR =  $964,000 in Anaheim

It doesn't rain over there in the Summer...but here in South Louisiana you sneeze too loud & it rains!

Nice, I always wanted to visit over there. Yup, I was telling a foreign friend that Houston is like our New York City for Louisianians who don't travel much, lol. I've heard San Diego is one of the nicest cities in the country. 

I'm sure, my mom and I watch HGTV and are always amazed at the price you have to pay for a small house.

LOL! 

 

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