LA - Livingston Parish wrapped up work on 400 miles of streams after 2016 flood, then Ida hit.

Five years after the 2016 flood devastated much of Livingston Parish, the local government had finally emerged from the mire of red tape and federal funding challenges to finish cleaning 400 miles of waterways across the region.

Five years after the 2016 flood devastated much of Livingston Parish, the local government had finally emerged from the mire of red tape and federal funding challenges to finish cleaning 400 miles of waterways across the region.

After Ida hit, he braced himself for the worst.

“I flew over all the waterways," he said. "It was sickening.”

While his efforts were not entirely undone, Ida left a mark on the parish's miles of canals, rivers and streams. In a parish that has suffered its share of drainage and flooding disasters, unclogging major tributaries is critical.

Debris cleanup for land waste has been underway for the past three months and has presented its own set of unique challenges for the parish. More than 1 million cubic yards have been collected, the vast majority consisting of vegetative debris.

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