With flood-prone Louisiana planning to spend about $40 million on “resiliency” projects in six parishes, Gov. John Bel Edwards travels to Gretna on Friday (April 20) to announce where the money will go. A state official said the news conference will take place in Gretna City Park, a sign that money might be directed there for recreation and drainage improvements across 78 acres.
Jefferson Parish competed with Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes for federal funding under the Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments Program, known as LA SAFE. State officials have now selected 10 projects for funding, and two of them are in Jefferson, Marvin McGraw, communications director for the Louisiana Office of Community Development, said Thursday.