Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life
What We Do
The North Lafourche Levee District:
• Protects over 65,000 Lafourche Parish residents, about 2/3 of our parish population.
• Includes over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals, and 40 pump stations
• Prevents flooding from tropical storms and hurricanes like Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike
The North Lafourche Levee District has purchased major construction equipment used for drainage and flood protection throughout the district.
This equipment and other district resources have been used to re-cap and maintain sections of the over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals within the District, including levees and canals near Larose, Valentine, Lockport, Mathews, Raceland, and Thibodaux. This work has prevented substantial area flooding since Hurricane Juan in 1985, including any flooding from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike where storm water was even higher than Juan. Snagging of debris and clearing of drainage canals and adjacent rights of way have been completed along Grand Bayou, the Legendre Canal, and the Boudreaux Ditch and is in the works for other area canals in the Chackbay, Choctaw, Kraemer and Choupic areas.
Major Capital Outlay projects for the North Lafourche Levee District include replacement of the Tom Foret Pump Station near Lockport at a cost of $3.1 million, a bank stabilization on Bayou Folse at a cost of $700,000.00, and the District spearheaded a $2.58 million Capital Improvement project for replacing the PARR pump station near Lockport / Valentine. To date, we have replaced over 2 miles of levees in the Valentine area. The North Lafourche Levee District participated in the funding of the Lafourche Drainage Master Plan.
The North Lafourche Levee District has developed a Comprehensive Drainage and Flood Protection Project (CDFP) for all parts of the district. From the CDFP, the North Lafourche Levee District is nearing completion of a few elements of a Storm Water Flood Protection Project in the Thibodaux-Lockport-Bayou Blue Project Area. This contracted work is being funded by NLLD and will total in excess of $3.8 million.
Our biggest challenge is funding, which is approximately $3 million annually collected though ad valorem tax; therefore, the Board of Commissioners of the North Lafourche Levee District established a system to fairly and equitably assess the projects relative to each other in order to determine the rating and priority of each project. The North Lafourche Levee District contracted with Tetra Tech, to create an analytical tool that will allow the evaluation of proposed projects through a Needs Oriented Projects Evaluation Tool (NOPET). The concept behind NOPET is to take the traditional benefits/cost ratio, combined with three (3) additional factors – Risk, Condition, and Level of Protection – to get a NOPET Rating. In this way, we make sure that every project we undertake provides the absolute “best bang for the buck” for the citizens and businesses of our District.