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LSUA Secures Funding to Assist with Drainage Project

by Sarah Black | May 16, 2018
The governor of Louisiana commits several million dollars to assist with flooding issues on the LSUA campus.

An almost decade long struggle to address drainage issues on the LSUA campus may finally be near a solution.

On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced he is committing 6.15 million dollars to complete the drainage and infrastructure project and eliminate flooding of campus roads and buildings.

The University has been working with the state for seven years to secure funding to complete the next phases of this multiphase project. Phase 1 was completed in 2011 and consisted of the creation of a large drainage canal constructed on the east side of campus. The final phases will include installing underground drainage throughout green spaces and closing all ditches on campus. Additionally, the funds will allow for all roads to be repaved and curbs installed.

“This is a great step forward for LSUA and its students, faculty, and staff. Flooding has been a concern on campus for decades and this project will help to alleviate those concerns,” said Dr. Guiyou Huang, chancellor of LSUA. “I would like to not only thank the governor for committing the funds, but also Blake Chatelain as a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, LSUA Foundation Chair Spencer Martin, and LSUA Foundation Past Chair Charles Weems, among other board members and community leaders, for their dedication to seeing this funding through.”

The committed funds are part of 1.2 billion dollars in flood mitigation monies received from the federal government to address flooding issues across Louisiana.

The governor made his announcement while speaking to the Rotary Club of Alexandria.