City’s Proactive Approach to Minimizing Localized Flooding

Ask Chris LaCroix what his crews have found in the storm and sanitary sewers of the city of Lake Charles, La., and you’ll get a wide range of answers. 

“We’ve found a little bit of everything down there,” said LaCroix, chief engineer for Atakapa Services. “It’s amazing what makes its way into a city’s sewage and storm drain system.” 

In late 2017, the city of Lake Charles contracted with Atakapa Services to develop a comprehensive drainage inspection and cleaning program. Inspecting, cleaning and rehabilitating an aging storm drain system was important to Mayor Nicholas Hunter, and since then he has kept it a priority of his administration. 

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