Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

March 2015 E-Newsletter

By:  North Lafourche Levee District

February 26, 2015

View in e-newsletter format here.

 

Protecting Our People, Our Property
and Our Way of Life
MARCH 25, 2015
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Upcoming NLLD Meetings

TODAY
Wednesday, March 25

627 Jackson Street Thibodaux, LA
4:30 pm –
Finance & Priority Committee

5:00 pm – Board of Commissioners

COMPLETED PROJECTS AROUND THE DISTRICT

CLICK HERE to view a postcard developed by the NLLD that highlights completed levee and drainage projects around the district, from Thibodaux to Valentine and in between.

2015 NLLD
Board of Commissioners 
Cory Kief,
President
George W. Broussard, Sr.,
Vice-President
Kenney Matherne,
Secretary/Treasurer

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

District Voters to Consider Proposal to Strengthen Flood Protection 
 

The North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) Board of Commissioners has approved a measure to place a quarter-cent sales tax dedicated to building critical levees and other priority flood protection projects on the May 2, 2015 ballot. 

 

Additional revenue will expedite completion
 of levee and drainage projects
 across the District.

The sales tax is estimated to generate approximately $2.2 million

per year for the District, which would be solely dedicated to construction of priority levee and flood protection projects in the District, from the northern end of the parish to the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose. This local sales tax revenue would also be leveraged to attract more state and federal money for the local levee projects. The District’s only current funding source is an ad valorem tax that provides approximately $3.5 million per year.

The NLLD has developed a plan of priority levee, flood protection and drainage improvement projects that would benefit residents throughout the District and would achieve a higher level of protection that the people and businesses of north and central Lafourche deserve. Revenue from the sales tax would allow the District to expedite completion of the projects in this plan and provide residents with additional levee and drainage projects more quickly than with current funding alone.

“We have been able to complete several projects very cost-effectively in recent years with the dollars we have available, but when we consider our risk in the event of a storm or hurricane, we know that more needs to be done. An additional funding source is needed to aggressively tackle this project list and build these critical levee projects as soon as possible. Additional funds will also provide the District with greater leveraging for state and federal dollars,” explains Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois.


NLLD
Works With Federal Leaders to Resolve Flood Program Issues
 
NLLD and South Lafourche Levee District leaders are working with LA’s Congressional Delegation to address flood policy issues.
NLLD Board President Cory Kief and Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois met with all of the members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill last week as they continue work on resolving federal flood policy issues.


Kief and Bourgeois shared our local community’s concern about President Obama’s executive order restricting federal projects in flood zones as well as flood zone mapping and levee project mitigation requirements. If not addressed, each of these issues could severely impact our local communities. 
In addition, Bourgeois met with staff working for Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas to discuss National Flood Insurance Program reform. Cong. Hensarling is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a key player in the future of the NFIP.

COMPLETED PROJECT: THIBODAUX AREA  

Culvert Extensions West of Bayou Lane, Culvert Installations along Bayou Lane, and Culvert Installation within Peltier Park

In August, the North Lafourche Levee District completed a six-month project to extend existing culverts and install
new culverts and catch basins in the Thibodaux Project Area.

The culverts and drainage basins are responsible for contributing to the drainage of a large area of Thibodaux.