Baton Rouge Seeks Help For Its Boom Town Woes

Powers, E. Michael; Rubin, Debra K.
October 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;10/3/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 13, p18
Trade Publication
The article reports on the demand of the local government in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for federal aid after the influx of 400,000 hurricane evacuees. City officials are pressing for a chunk of rebuilding funds being discussed in Washington, but the likely outcome is far from clear. The Baton Rouge wish list for federal aid to local road projects, not to mention environmental infrastructure, transit, aviation, housing and downtown development infrastructure, runs into the billions of dollars. The city's drinking water supply system is coping because many residents have private wells tapping a large aquifer.


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