Baton Rouge, La. – May 10, 2023 – 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 a total of 1,626 tons of materials already successfully removed from the channel. The clearing efforts have advanced up to the Central Thruway, covering a distance of about 3.75 miles.
The improvements made to the Comite River waterway have rendered it clearer and more navigable, significantly reducing potential obstructions. This achievement underscores the project's significance in enhancing the overall efficiency of the drainage system, ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.
Looking ahead, City-Parish anticipates receiving the permit from the U.S. 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 extends her gratitude to the dedicated individuals and teams involved 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.