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Baton Rouge Zoo considers move to grounds prone to flooding

4 months 4 days 21 hours ago Monday, February 12 2018 Feb 12, 2018 February 12, 2018 9:59 AM February 12, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
 
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A zoo in Louisiana is considering a move to grounds that are prone to flooding.
  
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports that the Baton Rouge Zoo's park system is pursuing a move to Airline Highway Park.
  
Hydrologist Bob Jacobsen says most of the site appears to be below FEMA's projected water levels for a 100-year-flood, which is a flood that has a 1 percent chance of occurring annually. The area surrounding Airline Highway Park saw flooding of nearly 19 feet in August 2016 - two feet higher than FEMA's 100-year flood estimates.
  
Baton Rouge Zoo Director Phil Frost says the $110 million zoo plans include on-site water retention. He says a decision hasn't been reached. Funding also hasn't been outlined as of yet.

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