About Denham Strong

In August 2016, Denham Springs, LA, was faced with an historic tragedy. Heavy rains flooded 90 percent of the homes and business in the city. As the waters receded and people began the long process of recovery, it became clear that, even in the face of this catastrophic event, there was an opportunity not only to rebuild Denham, but to make it stronger and more resilient.

In April 2017, eight months after the flood, Denham Springs began partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to implement the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The NDRF empowers local governments to identify and implement community-led, long-term recovery projects that help cities and towns rebuild after disasters by offering insight, support, and resources.

This initiative became Denham Strong. Throughout the Summer of 2017, local elected officials, municipal employees, and volunteers worked together with FEMA to facilitate community-wide meetings to gather input from citizens about what projects would be most beneficial as Denham moved from recovery efforts in the immediate aftermath of the floods towards and more sustainable, resilient community.

The community meetings identified a number of projects that we, as Denham residents, were clamoring for in six broad areas:  Community Planning, Economic Development, Housing, Health and Social Service, Infrastructure, and Natural and Cultural Resources. Within these broader areas, residents identified and prioritized specific projects. The efforts of FEMA, the city, volunteers, and residents culminated in a Celebration of Hope to mark the one-year anniversary of the flood and to unveil the projects the community identified as most important.

The work continues, however. As we move from identifying and prioritizing projects, Denham Strong needs continued engagement from all of us in the community to help make sure the projects we identified are completed. Work has already begun on some projects. Others are more long-term projects that will have a profound impact on our city.

Again, Denham Strong is a community-focused initiative and we need the community. Whatever your talents, whatever your skill level, we are all in this together.

It is us, the citizens of Denham Springs, who are the only ones that can ensure the city is and remains #DenhamStrong.

About Denham Strong

The Planning Process

Building the Team
Defining the Issues
Community Input

Issues and Teams

Community Planning
The mission of the Denham Strong Community Planning Team is to effectively and efficiently carry out
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Economic Development
The Economic Team focuses on developing economic opportunities for the whole community that result i...
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Natural & Cultural Resources
The Natural and Cultural Resources Team addresses long-term environmental and cultural resources nee...
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The Denham Strong Housing Team coordinates and facilitates the delivery of Federal resources to impl...
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Health & Social Services
The Health and Social Services Team promotes the health and wellness of the whole community by resto...
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Infrastructure Planning
The Infrastructure Systems Team focuses on restoring and enhancing infrastructure systems and servic...
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Our Community

Master Plan

A Message From The Mayor

I am very excited and pleased that our city has been approved for participation in this program. I am extremely grateful for those citizens who have so willingly volunteered their time and talents to serve as committee members. We will also be seeking citizen input as to YOUR  vision of Denham Springs "post-flood". My goal in this process is to seek every resource available and consider every idea presented to not just rebuild,  but to come back even better than we were. Although we have encountered what at times seemed to be insurmountable obstacles,  the future is indeed bright  for our city!  The resiliency and perseverance  of our citizens continues to humble and amaze me. You have my personal commitment that, as we look toward the future, we will be ever mindful of the importance of preserving the rich history and traditions of our community that have always made  it such a special place to call home. May God bless you as we continue to recover TOGETHER. And  may God continue to bless our great city.
Mayor Gerard Landry
Mayor Gerard Landry

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Denham Strong completing survey for Boys & Girls Club in The Livingston Parish News
October 3, 2017
Leadership Team 7/24/2017
July 25, 2017
Steering Committee Meeting 7/24/17 Wallis Watkins (From WKRF News) recorded the meeting for local radio Denham Strong will be at the Junior High Sat Aug12th from 9-12 for the final ...
Leadership Meeting Minutes from 7/17
July 21, 2017
Our leadership team met at Noon on 7/17/17 to discuss the results and responses from the second community meeting. Here are the notes from that meeting. Denham Strong Leadership Team Meet...

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