After decades on the back burner, the Comite River Diversion Canal finally began construction Wednesday morning, with a ceremonial groundbreaking and program.

Planned after the devastating flood of 1983, the channel would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River.

Following the historic flood of 2016, fresh calls for funding finally resulted in sufficient federal dollars to go forward and complete the diversion canal.

STORY: Officials break ground on Comite River Diversion Canal after 30-plus years of planning