La. Flood Project Money Could Be Diverted To Border Wall

A sign indicates the United States and Mexico border is up ahead as the United States government continues its shutdown over a fight to fund more border wall construction on January 12, 2019 in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. President Donald Trump wants $5.7 billion to build additional walls along the U.S.-Mexico border and the Democrats oppose the idea. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Trump's border wall could divert funding from a long-sought Louisiana project.

The Advocate reports a proposal to declare a national emergency would allow the president to bypass the funding standoff with Congress, and instead use Army Corps of Engineers post-disaster construction funds.

That could affect the Comite River Diversion Canal and the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Protection Plan.  Both of those flood-control projects were expected to move forward using a disaster fund created by Congress to increase defenses for states that see severe flooding.

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