The City of West Monroe has learned the State of Louisiana has awarded $5.2 million to fund voluntary residential buyouts in West Monroe as part of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative's nonstructural program. This project features grants to provide support for residents interested in relocating out of harm's way so they are not in homes that flood in the future.
The program is a voluntary buyout of homes in the general vicinity of the Black Bayou Canal and Golf Course Creek. The program will fund buyouts in contiguous sites to use them for natural drainage.
"With this funding award, we can provide options for homeowners who want to move to higher and drier ground," said West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell. "We look forward to getting this effort underway, while working with the Louisiana Watershed Initiative to continue creating a more resilient region."