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Projects to improve flood protection in central Lafourche

By:  Meredith Burns, DailyComet.com

April 22, 2015

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20150422/articles/150429836?p=all&tc=pgall

 

Three projects are underway to provide central Lafourche with greater flood protection.

In February, construction began on the Lockport Company Canal South Bank Levee Lift Project that involves raising 2,600 feet of levee to a 7-foot-plus elevation.

“Typically the elevations are lower in Lockport than other areas so it’s important for that reason,” Parish Public Works Director Don Edwards said.

Various enhancements, such as removing trees, adding a temporary silt fence and patching pavement, are included in the project.

The project is about halfway finished, and last week’s rains did not throw it off its target completion date in early June, Edwards said.

“As far as we know it’s on track,” he said.

The project is being paid for with $1.25 million in federal Community Development Block Grant money awarded to the parish as part of the Hurricane Gustav/Ike Recovery Program.

Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux said he would like to see the North Lafourche Levee District raise about a mile of levee from First Street heading south.

“Your levee is only as good as your lowest point,” he said.

In Mathews, crews are working on a roughly $1.4 million project to improve the Fantastic pump station down Fantastic Acres off La. 1.

Two 36-inch pumps were recently put in and turned on. A third 48-inch pump is set to be installed, Edwards said.

Behind the pump, parish crews have been reinforcing the levee that has had multiple failures.

Edwards said the project involves a temporary fixes on the levee’s dry side from the Twin Oaks pump station in Raceland to the Fantastic pump station.

The plan is to continue improving the levee all the way to Larose, he said.

“We’ll do that until long-term plans are made for improving the entire levee,” he said.