CDBG-MIT Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development signed a grant agreement with the state Sept. 17, 2020, establishing a $1.2 billion line of credit in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds for flood risk reduction priorities throughout Louisiana.

The CDBG-MIT Action Plan details the state's approach for using the funds, including projects, data collection, modeling and policy measures that advance the Louisiana Watershed Initiative’s long-term resilience objectives. The state accepted public comments on the draft Action Plan in fall 2019 and addressed all comments in the final plan submitted to HUD Dec. 23. On Feb. 20, HUD approved the Action Plan.

map of Louisiana's major watersheds

Louisiana’s major watersheds, defined by USGS, cross parish and state boundaries, as illustrated in this image.

Proactive Flood Defense

The state recognizes that the perpetual cycle of disaster and recovery is not a socially, environmentally or fiscally sustainable model.

As outlined in the Action Plan, the state aims to use this one-time CDBG-MIT grant to fundamentally change Louisiana’s approach to statewide flood mitigation activities. This includes shifting development patterns, enhancing the public’s knowledge of flood risk and encouraging activities that use the natural and beneficial functions of the watershed and associated floodplains.

"It's harder. It requires more work. It’s politically risky, but it is the right thing to do."

– Gov. John Bel Edwards

View videos and presentations from the public hearings held in September and October 2019.


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