WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise released the following statement in regards to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announcement that St. Tammany Parish will receive $1.325 million for the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA). This SELA funding is vital to St. Tammany Parish and is designated for essential flood control and drainage projects.

“SELA provides critical flood protection from storms and heavy rainfall, and I am glad we were able to secure flood protection funding for St. Tammany Parish for the first time,” said Whip Scalise. These funds will go towards projects that protect St. Tammany Parish homes and businesses, and will help keep families and communities safe. SELA has been a top priority of mine, and I appreciate President Mike Cooper’s leadership in working with me to secure these vital funds that will reduce the risks St. Tammany faces from powerful Gulf storms and future flooding.”

“I want to thank Congressman Scalise for his hard work in making this funding available to St. Tammany. His hard work and persistence have opened this door for us to receive SELA funding for the first time, and I think it is a great beginning,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to having another  resource to implement flood protection initiatives in our community to increase our readiness and ultimately, our resilience.”

Background:

The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA) reduces the risk of flood damages due to rainfall flooding in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes.  The improvements generally support the parishes’ master drainage plans and provide flood risk reduction up to a level associated with a 10-year rainfall event.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY20 Workplan includes $25 million for the SELA project. Below are the specific work packages with amounts and descriptions for each, by Parish:

St. Tammany Parish: $1.325M:

Orleans Parish: $22.675M:

Jefferson Parish: $1.0M: