The City of New Orleans has secured funding from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to implement a series of drainage upgrade and green infrastructure projects across the city with a goal to reduce flooding. One such project is in design near the Lafitte Greenway.

Located between the Lafitte Greenway and Orleans Avenue in the Mid City neighborhood, the 33-acre Hagan-Lafitte site is comprised of one neighborhood park and 23-blocks of residential and commercial properties stretching from Bayou St. John to North Broad Street.

During heavy rainfall events, storm water backs up in the large pipes under Orleans Avenue and floods the streets of the surrounding neighborhoods. The area is also at the end of the system and has some of the lowest elevations in the basin. This combination results in frequent flooding and subsidence of roads over time. The Hagan-Lafitte Drainage Upgrade and Green Infrastructure project will reduce flooding and improve quality of life in the communities near the Greenway.

Learn more about the project design and timeline at an informational community meeting on Tuesday, November 29th at 6 PM. This meeting will take place at SBP, 2645 Toulouse St. For more information, email [email protected] or call 658-2215.

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