$3.7 million Luling drainage project complete

Two pumping stations on the West Bank will function much more efficiently during heavy rainfall thanks to the installation of automatic bar screen cleaners.

A $3.7 million project to install bar screen cleaners on the Cousins pumping station, which helps drain much of Mimosa and Lakewood, is now complete. The Parish Council will consider a final change order on the project at its May 3 meeting.

The cleaners keep trash and debris from plugging the intake, which allows the pump to operate at its maximum capacity of 414,000 gallons-per-minute during rain events.

Debris can include tree limbs, leaves and lily pads. They also keep parish workers from risking their safety to manually clean the pump during rain events.

About $1.1 million of the funding for the Cousins project, which also includes the construction of a deck, comes from a federal hazard mitigation grant.

A similar project at the Paradis pumping station off Highway 90 is about 50 percent complete. The Paradis project is being done at a cost of $910,513 with $750,000 coming from grants.

For more information about all the projects currently ongoing or on the drawing board, go to stcharlesparish-la.gov/midtermreport and click on ‘Infrastructure Improvements.’


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