Drainage Maintenance Initiative


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In November of 2017, Lafayette Parish voters approved the reallocation of an existing tax for drainage maintenance projects that had long been deferred due to the lack of funding. The rededication provided $9 million in one-time funding for the backlog of deferred maintenance drainage projects plus approximately $2.5 million each year for ongoing drainage maintenance.

Then in February of 2018, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and the Public Works Department shared the plan to tackle drainage maintenance following the successful millage rededication. In total, Public Works identified 77 critical deferred maintenance drainage projects at an estimated $31+ million cost. Each of the 77 projects were rated by the number of addresses affected, cost per address, percentage area in a flood zone, number of FEMA and repetitive loss claims, complexity of each project, and any foreseen permitting issues. Based on this rating, the $9 million in one-time funding was appropriated to 27 priority deferred maintenance projects

In an effort to keep citizens informed of these important projects, ​​the administration launched a Capital Projects Dashbo​arddepicting​ drainage project statuses in an open and easy-to-understand format. The progress or delays of each of these projects, as well as the budget, can be tracked for public viewing via the online tool at projects.lafayettela.gov​.  

While addressing these deferred maintenance drainage projects, Public Works continues to manage day-to-day drainage maintenance​, including roadside ditch and coulee excavation projects, cleaning litter traps and storm drains, repairing sinkholes, and flushing out culverts. Weekly reports on day-to-day drainage maintenance can also be viewed online at LafayetteLA.gov/Presidents/Pages/Weekly-Drainage-Report

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Follow the links below for the Mayor-President's February 2018 drainage presentation, including a list of projects and maps:


If you have questions about the Drainage Maintenance Dashbo​ard or about a Public Works project, please call 337-291-8502.​