by Charlie London
There is no quick fix to flooding but there are some things you can do right now.
Old timers in Faubourg St. John know that the lot that used to be paved with cement at the corner of Hagan and Lafitte Streets used to be a veritable pond any time it rained. Parkway Bakery bought the lot several years ago for parking and paved it with a permeable surface. The area is a pond no more!
Remove cement around your home and install the system featured in the link or something similar and you will keep thousands of gallons of water off of your property.
A simple way to get thousands of gallons of water away from your property is to plant a tree. Details in the link:
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Parkway Bakery. Those who frequent this restaurant know quality poboys and friendly folks can be found there.
Even the President of the United States and his family heard how great the place was and decided to check it out.
Driving down Jefferson Davis Parkway toward Bayou St. John, where Jeff Davis turns into Hagan, you may have noticed the transformation of the lot on the corner there.
As many assumed, the lot is going to be a place for cars to park. But, what was once a constantly flooded mess will now be an environmentally friendly place for folks to put their vehicles when they visit Parkway Bakery for poboys.
How could a parking lot be environmentally friendly? It’s not asphalt or cement but recycled plastic forms that are filled with gravel. This type of pavement allows the water to go through the parking lot so pools of water don’t form when it rains and there won’t be water running off in to the street further taxing the city’s pumping system.
See those yellow lines in the photos below? Those are not painted on lines like you would see on a regular parking lot but plastic inserts that snap into the molds.
Want to know more? Check out the video report below from WDSU TV:
For more information about TRUE GRID PAVERS, click on the photos above or the link below: