Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

June 2014 NLLD E-Newsletter

By:  North Lafourche Levee District

June 24, 2014

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

Wednesday, June 25

4:00 pm – NLLD Office
Legal & Development Committee


4:30 pm – NLLD Office
Finance & Priority Committee

5:00 pm – NLLD Office

Board of Commissioners

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2014 NLLD
Board of Commissioners
Cory Kief,
George W. Broussard, Sr.,
Kenney Matherne,

Timothy Allen


Louis Andolsek


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

NLLD Director Works with FEMA to Develop Accurate Flood Maps

North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois is part of a local advisory committee working with FEMA to accurately update flood maps for Lafourche Parish. Terrebonne and Lafourche are part of a flood map pilot program that includes 25 communities, five of which are in Louisiana.

Local officials want the maps to reflect realistic flood risk to ensure that our communities sufficiently plan for development in our coastal areas without overburdening residents and businesses with construction regulations and insurance costs. Bourgeois and others are working to have locally constructed levees recognized as a level of flood protection, and to help FEMA develop realistic elevation benchmarks and flood models.

As Bourgeois told, one problem with proposed maps already developed by FEMA is that the agency’s computer models are mostly based on river flooding, which is far different than a moving hurricane with variable winds pushing water in different directions across the marsh. It is very critical that FEMA modeling more accurately predicts how storm surge from the Gulf will impact developed areas as it moves inland.

“If it reflects the true risk, you can have informed decisions about building,” Bourgeois said. “Then you can prevent flooding in the first place.”

 Read related article here.

Bayou Onion Clearing and Maintenance Dredging Project Underway


The clearing work for the Bayou Onion Clearing and Maintenance Dredging Project began on May 12 and is being conducted by Sealevel Construction, Inc. This phase of the project is ahead of schedule, with about 59 percent complete. NLLD will follow this clearing phase with maintenance dredging using the District’s large Amphibious Excavator. The project is intended to improve drainage for Thibodaux, Sugar Ridge, Chackbay and Choupic.

Visit and our NLLD Facebook page for more information on this and other projects.

Bourgeois Presents to Lafourche Chamber

NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois recently spoke at the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce, where he gave an update on current flood protection projects throughout the levee district.

Call the NLLD at (985) 537-2244 to invite Bourgeois to speak at an upcoming meeting of your business or community group.