Baton Rouge Zoo considers move to grounds prone to flooding
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.