State funding dedicated for Village of Hodge drainage improvements

Earlier this past week, Lousiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards announced the state will dedicate $100 million in federal funds for 28 Design Support Program flood mitigation projects. Included is $1.57 million earmarked for the Village of Hodge for drainage improvements. 

“As we continue working to reduce flood risks throughout Louisiana, the state is not only funding projects but assisting local and regional partners in project design and development to make sure we are funding high-impact flood mitigation efforts that don’t adversely affect surrounding communities,” Gov. Edwards said. “This work is central to the mission of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, improving the way we approach flood mitigation by working collaboratively to develop and fund projects best suited for investment in each watershed region.”

Funding for the Design Support Program and Round 2 is part of the state’s Action Plan to spend $1.2 billion in federal Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds. Funding is to be distributed in three rounds. The Hodge project has been classified as a Round 2 initiative.

Round 2 will make strategic project investments and address the need to enhance project development capacity and geographic dispersion of projects statewide. Round 2 will continue to elevate nature-based solutions and to ensure federal grant requirements are met. The focus is on projects that benefit HUD-identified most impacted and distressed areas and low- to moderate-income populations, as well as projects that incorporate nature-based solutions.

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