Lake Charles expands drainage improvements

Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 5:57 AM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Drainage has been a huge issue in Lake Charles for years and now the city is undertaking drainage improvement efforts.

The city is using Closed Circuit TV to better see what drainage work needs to be done, and now thanks to an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development the city will be extending the scope of CCTV work.

The city will soon be working to upgrade and improve drainage along Highway 14 and 171 between Prien Lake Road and Fitzenreiter Road.

“We’ve gone in and actually done the underground CCTV which is the inspection and the cleaning out of the underground drains along Ryan Street and now moving to Highway 14 and 171,” says Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter.

The state has agreed to match the city’s $270,000 cost for this expansion project.

“The state, in general, has been partnering 50-50 with us on these projects. And these projects have produced some real results,” says Mayor Hunter.

He says he’s been visiting with property owners and businesses that have already been worked on.

“I would say 6 to 8 months is when they came out and I haven’t had a problem since,” Hal Ware said.

Ware is the owner of TaD’s in Lake Charles and according to him, it’s made a huge impact on his business.

“If it rained like a normal day for us, like, let’s say a Monday we do $8,000 or $10,000 in business for that day and if it rained hard we’d do $2,000 because nobody could come into our parking lot,” says Ware.

According to Ware, the flooding in his parking lot has completely stopped since the drains have been cleaned.

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