Officials break ground on Comite River Diversion Canal after 30-plus years of planning

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ZACHARY (WAFB) – Lawmakers broke ground Wednesday, April 17 on the long-awaited Comite River Diversion Canal project that could save thousands in the capital region time and money by lowering floodwater.

The canal will drain the Comite into the Mississippi during high-water events, potentially mitigating flooding in the entire Baton Rouge region, but particularly aiding residents in Livingston and northern East Baton Rouge parishes.

“For nearly 30 years, construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal had literally been tied up in federal red tape,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “It lacked a real funding commitment, and yet the need to complete the project has only grown.”

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