Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

February 2014 NLLD E-Newsletter

By:  North Lafourche Levee District

February 24, 2014

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Protecting Our People, Our Property
and Our Way of Life
FEBRUARY  2014
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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, February 26

3:00 pm – NLLD Office

Choupic/St. James/Lake Bouef Watershed Project Committee
3:30 pm – NLLD Office

Legal/Development Committee

4:00 pm – NLLD Office

Executive Committee

4:30 pm – NLLD Office

Finance & Priority Committee

5:00 pm – NLLD Office

Board of Commissioners

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In the News

2014 NLLD
Board of Commissioners
Cory Kief,
President
George W. Broussard, Sr.,
Vice-President
Kenney Matherne,
Secretary/Treasurer

Timothy Allen

 

Louis Andolsek

 

Lonny Babin

 

Daniel Clement

 

Nolan Smith, Sr.

 

 

Dwayne Bourgeois,
Executive Director

Madonna Viguerie,
Administrative Assistant

About the NLLD 
The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee, and Drainage District (known as NLLD), was formed in 1992 to provide drainage and flood protection services for the northern portion of Lafourche Parish, including the entire parish north of the Intracoastal Canal.
The District includes over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals and over 40 pump stations.
The NLLD office is located at 627 Jackson Street,
Thibodaux, LA  70301.
Phone:  985-537-2244

Levee District Officials Push for Flood Insurance Relief on Capitol Hill

During a visit to Washington, D.C. last week, North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) President Cory Kief and Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois urged members of Congress to act now to prevent catastrophic flood insurance rate hikes and their devastating impacts on Lafourche Parish homeowners, business owners, and our local economy.

As part of a new Flood Insurance Reform Coalition
(FIRC), Kief and Bourgeois met with La. Senator David Vitter and

Congressman Steve Scalise,  members of Congressman Bill Cassidy’s staff, and staff of Congressmen Hensarling (TX), Duncan (SC), and Southerland (FL).”Realistic and affordable implementation of the national flood insurance program remains a top priority of the North Lafourche Levee District. If the predicted spikes in insurance prices are not reversed, Lafourche residents will lose their homes, businesses will close, and our economy will take a nose-dive.   It’s a fight we cannot afford to lose,” Bourgeois says.

 

Recognizing the severe economic impacts of recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, levee districts, parish presidents, local businesses, and the Louisiana delegation have joined forces to call for U.S. House action to repeal costly provisions of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2013. The U.S. Senate approved the bi-partisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, in January, and it is now awaiting action in the House. On Friday, House Republicans also released their own proposal to ease the excessive flood insurance premium hikes resulting from Biggert-Waters, including the reinstatement of subsidized rates for homes built before flood maps were drawn and allowing the subsidies to transfer from one owner to the next for the same home.

NLLD and FIRC will continue to aggressively champion long-term fixes to the national flood insurance crisis that threatens to hike insurance premiums by up to 3,000 percent.  Challenges also include the failure of FEMA to recognize local levees and drainage pumps in federal flood maps, and questionable calculations about flood risk and property value.

FAQ’s about Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

For more on the NFIP, visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com. 

Moving Dirt to Protect North Lafourche:
Levee Project Updates

Repair work on a few sections of Reach D2 along the Lockport to Larose project has been completed and the NLLD Board of Commissioners accepted the Certificate of Substantial Completion at its January 30 meeting.

Ultimately, the Lockport to Larose project will provide improved levee protection for the area west of Bayou Lafourche from the Arceneaux Pump Station to the Larose Pump Station at the GIWW.

NLLD has been performing maintenance dredging with the District’s CAT Amphibious Excavator along Company Canal near Lockport. The adjacent right-of-ways from Bayou Lafourche to the Guyosa Ridge were previously cleared of obstructions and vegetation for the placement of dredged material.

Visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com for more information
on these and other projects.

Need a Speaker?  Call the NLLD!

Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois has been making 

presentations to various organizations throughout the area in recent months, including Bayou Industrial Group, Thibodaux Rotary Club, Chamber of Lafourche, and South Central Industrial Association.

If members of your organization would like to learn more about the work of the levee district in protecting life and property in North Lafourche, and the District’s efforts to resolve the national flood insurance crisis, please contact the NLLD office at 985-537-2244. We’d love to visit with you!