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Monroe city leaders break ground on new emergency backup generator

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Flooding can be a major headache for many living all over Monroe.

That's city leaders say they are making strides to fix the problem.

Ground was broken for a brand new back-up generator at the Oregon Trail Pump Station.

This new generator will kick into action in the case of a power outage. In the past there was no alternate power source for the pumps.

Monroe Director of Public Works, Tom Janway says flood pumps do not prevent flooding, they work in an attempt to keep rising water from getting too high.

The emergency back-up generator at the Oregon Trail Pump Station is the first of two new back-up generators the city will break ground on this month.

In late July the city will break ground on one at the Civic Center. Both generators will cost more that $4 million dollars.

The money comes from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security Emergency Program funds.

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