Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council joins municipal leaders throughout Ouachita Parish to invite the media and public to attend the community meetings below

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:15am

Community Input needed for Ouachita Strong Flood Resiliency Strategic Plan


Ouachita Strong is a proven approach in which local, state and federal governments work with
all sectors of our community to create a strategic plan that will help us bounce back quicker
from natural disasters like the historic 2016 flood. Although experts have been working
together for months, we need valuable community input to make this resiliency plan work.

Community meetings are from 6 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, June 19, at the Monroe Civic Center;
and, Thursday, June 21, at the West Monroe Convention Center. Doors Open at 5 pm.

The first two questions that you might have are most likely… “What is OUACHITA
STRONG?”; and, … “Exactly, what is a RESILIENCY STRATEGY?”

This effort is a direct result of the devastating flood of March 2016. The water did not
discriminate. It affected thousands of people on both sides of the river, and on every side of
town. Homes…businesses…churches…schools…Roads…bridges…levees…and pump
stations were damaged. Many aspects of our lives were hurt or hampered. We are now on the
“long road to recovery.”

But, what happens when the next flood comes our way?

That’s where OUACHITA STRONG and this RESILIENCY STRATEGY comes in.

OUACHITA STRONG includes all the local governments within Ouachita Parish (Monroe,
West Monroe, Ouachita Parish Police Jury, Richwood, and Sterlington).

We are working in partnership with FEMA, the Louisiana Office of Community Development,
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Tensas Basin Levee
District, and North Delta Regional Planning.

With input from the people throughout the community, we are developing a strategic plan to not
only reduce our risk from floods and other natural disasters, but help families, businesses,
churches and others be able to bounce back faster after a disaster.

We need input from YOU to help us with projects, initiatives and priorities in key areas such as:

• Housing,
• Infrastructure,
• Natural and Cultural Resources,
• Economic Development,
• Health & Social Services, and
• Community Planning & Capacity Building.

A station, for each of the above key areas, will be set up at both meetings. We are asking the
community to give input as we plan and prioritize our efforts these and other areas. We are
engaging all levels of government, faith-based organizations, and non-profits. However,
nothing is more important that direct input from our residents!

If time allows, we are asking the public to visit the stations, talk with our experts, and share
ideas. Help us create a strategic plan that will make us more resilient…a plan that will make us



Rod Washington
Public Relations/Media Coordinator
City of Monroe
(318) 329-2551 PHONE
(318) 329-3300 FAX

8-time winner of the Louisiana Municipal Association
Community Achievement Award
(2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016)

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