By now, we all know how heavily the City of Youngsville was hit by the Great Flood of 2016. The community of Highland Ridge, for instance, was flooded at an unbelievable level.

Mayor Ken Ritter joined “Acadiana’s Morning News” to discuss their continued recovery.

“We’ve collected over 1300 tons of storm debris and that’s going to continue,” said Mayor Ritter. He expects the first round of debris to be picked up by the end of the week.

Mayor Ritter also announced a federal incentive to picking up trash and storm debris rapidly.

“Overall, I’ve been very impressed by coordinated effort from the local level and from the state level. And now we’re engaging the federal resources,” said Mayor Ritter, pointing out that the city can get up to 85% reimbursement if trash and storm debris are collected properly.

Mayor Ritter ended the conversation by giving his biggest takeaway from this whole experience.

“We have to continue to do a better job of planning and looking ahead and making certain that we know the direction at which we are growing,” said Mayor Ritter. He emphasized not just growing fast but also growing smart while planning to anticipate storm events, especially the more common ones, for the future.