State Representative Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, has organized a meeting with numerous local and state officials at 10:30 a.m. to discuss problems with the Amite River Basin.
Hodges believes it is imperative to simultaneously continue to repair our flooded homes and begin to work on solutions to drainage problems that caused the August 2016 flooding. The Amite River Basin, starting from Mississippi and flowing through Louisiana to Lake Maurepas, is unable to drain, Hodges said.
A primary focus of the meeting, to be held in the Governor’s Press Room on the 4th floor of the State Capitol, is a discussion of the April 13th excursion Hodges organized with stakeholders to survey the problems at the mouth of the Amite River and the damaged weir at the Amite River Diversion.
In a letter addressed to stakeholders inviting them to attend Friday’s meeting, Rep. Hodges states, “We had the opportunity to view the alarming conditions at the lower end of the Amite River Basin and discuss the negative impact it could have for so many people in the Capital Region.”
Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, will be co-facilitating the meeting, along with Rep. Hodges. She and Rep. Schexnayder hope to arrive at some suggestions for solving problems from 36 representatives of various local and state government departments that have confirmed attendance. Included on the list are the mayors of Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Central, and the Livingston and Ascension parish presidents.