Flood control project aims to ease Monroe garden district residents' concerns

MONROE, La. - "I'm having to relive last year all over again," said flood victim Jessica Rodgers. "We had about three to four inches in the house, six surrounding."

 
After Monday night's downpours, her and her husband once again have to sort through the mess and clean the Monroe garden district house they're now trying to sell.
 
"You know it's kind of unfortunately routine at this point," Rodgers said. "Here I am submitting a flood claim again. And I'm probably not the only one."
 
Of course, she wasn't. 
 
Drving around the garden district Tuesday you could see inches of standing water throughout the area.
 
Fortunately, there's good news on the way for those in North Monroe.
 
The city breaking ground on a new water basin at the Rochelle St pump station Tuesday.
 
"It's an understatement to say it's much needed," said Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo.
 
The $1.4 million project will create a five acre pond around ten feet deep. Water collected there will flow underground into the pump across the street.
 
It'll be large enough to keep an additional three to four inches of flood waters out of the area...
 
About how much some saw Monday night. 
 
"When this project is complete, hopefully they can relax in their homes and not have to worry about any type of flooding," Mayo said. "Because of this project."
    
Rodgers wishes that would've been the case sooner.
 
"If it had been more of a priority, and done, I may not be going through this again," said Rodgers.
 
But, she's now among the many hoping the project will be the end of her flooding concerns.
 
"It is an improvement and it is a start," said Rodgers. "It's never too late to at least start."

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