New Pump In the Plans for Monroe Neighborhood

MONROE, La -  It's been almost one year since record-making rain struck the Twin Cities, causing wide-spread flooding.
One of the areas hardest hit: Georgia Street in Monroe.

"That is one of the areas where we've had a tremendous amount of flooding, in the Georgia Street, Mississippi, Alabama Street areas," says Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo.

Now, a donation is helping city officials take steps to make sure the Georgia Street area is spared in the future.

The Monroe Housing Authority is donating this plot next to its Breece-Lock location to the City of Monroe.

City officials plan to build a pump station.

"This project will not only benefit the residents who are in single family dwellings in the Georgia St. area, but it will also benefit the Monroe Housing Authority residents," says Mayor Mayo.

Local residents, like Charlie Johnson, are fans of the pump project.

"It would help me because it would take away a lot of the water," says Johnson.

Johnson lives in a home on Georgia-fortunately, he was spared from the water, but some of his neighbors weren't so lucky.

"It was just water up over the houses, under the houses, all around the houses...," says Johnson.

This project is estimated to cost between $4 and $6 million dollars, but state and federal funding should cover the bulk of it.

"We pretty much have the funding to be able to construct it, so soon, we'll be able to have some relief as it relates to flooding in the Georgia Street area," says Mayor Mayo.

There's no start date. Mayor Mayo says it will take a little time to get everything in place.

 


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