What will you do to invest in drainage infrastructure and develop policies and strategies for stormwater management in our district?

Liz Hebert
Liz Hebert
Candidate for City Council District 3

Since 2016, I supported stronger drainage requirements for new residential and commercial developments, worked with LCG to clean out ditches and subsurface drainage across my district, cleared coulees and bridges of debris and am currently working with federal and state officials to acquire permits for dredging the Vermilion. I co-authored the request for support from the governor, the Acadiana legislative delegation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in order to fund the dredging of the Vermilion River. We also requested that the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District and/or any authorized agencies cease the pumping of water to Bayou Courtableau and/or any other areas into Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River in anticipation of future severe weather events.
I have also allocated more than $40 million for future city drainage projects and supported $5 million budgeted for the Vermilion River dredging.

James Noriega Jr.
James Noriega Jr.
Candidate for City Council District 3

We have had many consultants giving strategies for storm water management and drainage. I believe we already have the information we need to make good decisions. The river does need to be dredged, according to the experts. I think the council needs to apply for funds that are available from the state and U.S. government and begin the conversation with the Corps of Engineers to start the process. Inaction in this matter is not prudent at this time.