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How Mayor Cantrell Will Approach Infrastructure During Her Term

Travis Lux
A stretch of Robert E. Lee Blvd. is being resurfaced through the Recovery Roads program -- which is funded by more than $1 billion from a settlement with FEMA related to damages from Hurricane Katrina.

Major floods last summer thrust infrastructure and drainage issues into the limelight. And new Mayor LaToya Cantrell has made them a top priority for her administration. She has championed the approach to water management outlined in the city's Urban Water Plan — which emphasizes “green infrastructure” solutions like soaking up rain water instead of pumping it out. But that plan is largely unfunded.

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with Cantrell about how she plans to address drainage and infrastructure during her term.




Later this month, WWNO will air a weeklong series about climate change and infrastructure, so stay tuned for that.

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