Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

NLLD January E-Newsletter

By:  North Lafourche Levee District

January 23, 2014

 

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rotecting Our People, Our Property
and Our Way of Life
JANUARY 2014
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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, January 29

4:30 pm – NLLD Office

Finance & Priority Committee
5:00 pm – NLLD Office
Board of Commissioners Regular MeetingWATCH MEETINGS LIVE
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In the News

Lafourche Levee Project Moves Ahead
December 12, 2013 DailyComet.com

2014 NLLD
Board of Commissioners
Cory Kief,
President
George Broussard,
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 maintains 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 Director Explains Impacts of Flood Insurance Changes to Local Business Group

North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois warned members of the South Central Industrial Association of the devastating economic impacts of recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program at the organization’s luncheon January 21.

“There is a lot at stake for our iocal community if the changes triggered by the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 are not fixed,”  Bourgeois said. “Workforce retention will be impossible without affordable housing, housing markets will be unstable or freeze altogether, banks will lose much of their mortgage portfolios, and businesses will face debt or closure from astronomical flood insurance premium increases.”

As Bourgeois explained, drastic premium hikes are due to:

  •  a phase-out of grandfathering for properties built before flood maps were issued
  •  incomplete and inaccurate flood maps that fail to recognize the value of levees and drainage pumps,
  •  questionable calculations about flood risk and property value

He cited astronomical insurance premium increases from around the country, totaling as much as 2,000 – 3,000 percent, as examples of what homeowners and business owners in Lafourche and Terrebonne could face if a long-term fix to the new rules is not implemented soon.

Bourgeois and the NLLD, along with Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph, Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet, and levee district directors in the region have made resolving the flood insurance crisis top priority due to the significant impact our Bayou region faces without a fix.  It’s a fight we cannot afford to lose.

View presentation on National Flood Insurance Program.

NLLD 2014 Flood Insurance Program Fact Sheet

For more on the NFIP, visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com. 

Lockport to Larose Levee Construction

Construction is underway in the Edna Plantation area near Valentine and east of that area closer to Larose.
Ultimately, this project by the NLLD will provide improved levee protection for the area west of Bayou Lafourche
throughout its length. Visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com for more information on this and other projects.

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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!