APG hires drone operator to survey debris in Contraband Bayou

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 5:02 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The local Alliance for Positive Growth is doing its part to try to get drainage improvements to move forward as fast as possible.

Many people complain Contraband Bayou has not been cleaned in years and blame the waterway for the flooding of many homes.

The group of some 130 business leaders hired a drone operator to fly over and photograph the area - to try to identify areas where trees or limbs or other debris are blocking drainage.

Alliance for Positive Growth report on Contraband Bayou

Alliance President Jeremy Stine said the findings demand action.

“You’ve heard of beaver dams, we’ve got actual litter dams throughout our entire Calcasieu Parish drainage lateral system,” Jeremy Stine said. “After the flooding, we decided to commission and report drone services just one week after the May 17 flooding.”

He says they want to work with local government toward clearing drainage blockages as soon as possible. The flyover lasted about an hour and a half and focused mostly on 10 miles of Contraband Bayou.

APG Executive Director Faith Hooks says they documented specific locations of blockages.

“Now, anyone who views this report can specifically see, ‘Oh there’s a whole bunch of air condition parts or kiddie pools, and it’s right here. And you can see the map that can bring you directly to where that debris and blockage is, and that’s what made this project different,” Hooks said.

The report has been shared with city officials, the police jury and the east side drainage board.

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