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Construction funding includes $343 Million for Comite River Diversion Canal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that Louisiana received nearly $1.4 billion for disaster recovery projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Work Plan.  The funding includes $343 million for the Comite River Diversion Canal.

“The Comite River Diversion Canal has been on the drawing board for decades.  A lot of people have watched their homes flood waiting for the diversion canal to be built.  Families and businesses in multiple parishes desperately need this funding.  The time for meetings and excuses is over, it’s time to get it built,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “I cannot emphasize enough how much this funding will mean for families and business owners who worry every time it rains.”

Also included in construction funding that was enacted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018:

  • East Baton Rouge Parish Flood Control, $255 million
  • Grand Isle, $15 million
  • West Shore, Lake Ponchartrain, $760 million.