Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

March 2014 NLLD E-Newsletter

By:  North Lafourche Levee District

March 25, 2014

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rotecting Our People, Our Property
and Our Way of Life
MARCH  2014
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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

Focus Now on Re-authorization of Federal Flood Program after President Signs Off on Immediate Rate Hike Relief 

Coastal residents throughout the U.S. cheered Congressional passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act last week, which rolls back dramatic flood insurance rate hikes resulting from the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012.  With President Obama’s signature on Friday,  the HFIA Act caps insurance rate increases at 18 percent per year, compared to the 3,000-percent increases predicted due to Biggert-Waters, and reinstates “grandfathering” for homes and businesses built before federal flood maps were issued.  This grandfathering retains subsidized rates for these older structures and allows these rates to transfer to new owners if the structure is sold.

As part of a new Flood Insurance Reform Coalition (FIRC), North Lafourche Levee District President Cory Kief and Exeutive Director Dwayne Bourgeois have worked with other local officials for the past several months to push Congress for a fix to the disastrous flood insurance rate increases.  Bourgeois says catastrophic hurricanes such as Sandy and Katrina, blamed for much of the insurance program’s debt, are rare.

“Congress should find other ways to keep the insurance program financially solvent instead of making policies unaffordable for home and business owners who have played by the rules all along,” Bourgeois says.

 

He and the coalition now set their sites on the re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 2017.

“We are certainly pleased to have the relief provided by the HFIA Act, but this challenge is not over.  It is imperative for all of the 500,000 flood insurance policyholders in Louisiana that the national flood insurance program be sound and affordable for residents in the decades ahead. Our economic stability and the future of our communities depend on it,” explains Bourgeois.

For more on the NFIP, visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com. 

NLLD Clears Company Canal Near Lockport

NLLD has been performing maintenance dredging with the District’s CAT Amphibious Excavator along Company Canal near Lockport to improve drainage along that waterway in central Lafourche Parish. The pictures below depict the canal before and after the Company Canal Dredging Project.

 

BEFORE
AFTER
Visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com and our NLLD Facebook page for more information on these and other projects.

NLLD DIrector Available to Speak to Your Organization 

If members of your club or community group would like to learn more about the work of the levee district in protecting life and property in North Lafourche, or updates on the national flood insurance program, please contact the NLLD office at 985-537-2244. Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois would be delighted to visit with you and make a presentation to your group!