Louisiana Floodplain Management Association Hosts Annual Conference
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — State experts gathered in Baton Rouge Thursday to discuss Louisiana’s most notorious type of disaster, flooding.
With the threat of weekly heavy rains during inclement season, the Louisiana Floodplain Management Association (LFMA) says it’s important to have its annual technical and business conference.
“Just a good time for our members who are floodplain managers and design professionals, who are building stormwater management and water management, things that are going to help our communities not get flooded” , said Michelle Gonzales.
Gonzales is a chairwoman of the LFMA board, she said they are looking at all options to avoid entering your home.
“Let’s really look at how we move our state forward in a smarter way rather than looking at politics and how do we build safer homes,” Gonzales said. “Things like how we design projects that will move water off our streets, keeping it out of our homes.”
They said we could save our personal items from being flooded in just a few steps.
“Waste enters our storm drains and you won’t imagine how much it clogs our storm drains. First, citizens, don’t throw it out the car window. If you have storm drains in front of your house, in front of your business, help bring them up, and even though it’s one of those hot topics right now, get flood insurance,” Gonzales explained. .
The goal of this meeting is to get the best ideas from across the state to use as a starting point in trying to come back safer in the future.