Over $1.5 million in federal funding is headed to Lafayette to alleviate flooding in homes located in floodways. According to Dee Stanley, CAO for Lafayette Consolidated Government, a list of homes have been identified as “repetitive loss structures,” houses that have flooded multiple times. “The thinking is,” says Stanley, “why should FEMA or insurance companies step in and pay for this repetitive loss every time somebody floods? Let’s pay one time money to raise the structure or to move that person out.” The funding will be used to raise or buy out 13 homes in Lafayette Parish. If homeowners choose a buyout, the properties will be sold to the municipalities or the parish, the houses will be razed and the land used as greenspace and potential water retention areas during high water conditions. The $1,673,150 is the first hazard mitigation money the parish has received to begin flood mitigation.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.