Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life
North Lafourche Levee District Begins Work to Repair Local Levee
Date: July 9, 2013
Published by: North Lafourche Levee District
The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee & Drainage District (NLLD) recently gave notice to proceed to the contractor who will begin repairing the weakened levee sections from Valentine to Larose (pictured above). The 2000-foot section of levee along the 40 Arpent Canal from Valentine to Larose has been in need of permanent repair since NLLD has implemented several interim repairs over the past few years.
The original cost of the project, including engineering, permitting and construction was estimated at $1,000,000 with NLLD funding half and the State of Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA) funding a maximum of $500,000. NLLD and CPRA have signed an intergovernmental agreement in orderto share the financing of this project.
The contractor is scheduled to begin work on the Valentine to Larose project on July 15 and the work should be completed within 120 days. The construction contract was awarded to Apeck Construction of Anacoco, Louisiana in the amount of $577,121.60.
The Valentine to Larose project is part of the larger Lockport to Larose Levee Project.
“We are very pleased that construction is set to begin for this much needed project and that the State of Louisiana has stepped up to contribute nearly half the cost. It will provide protection to the residents and businesses between Valentine and Larose,” says Dwayne Bourgeois, Executive Director of the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee & Drainage District.
The NLLD was formed in 1992 to provide flood protection for the northern portion of Lafourche Parish, including the entire parish north of the Intracoastal Canal. NLLD maintains over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals and 40 pump stations.
Bourgeois added, “As coastal landloss continues to threaten Lafourche Parish, each flood protection project that we can implement increases our ability to keep the water out of our homes and businesses, reduces our risk of flooding and allows us to continue to live, work and play in Lafourche Parish.”