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Gheens

The boundary is the area enclosed by a polygon beginning at the intersection of the Bayou Lafourche and LA Highway 182. The boundary continues generally north east along LA Highway 182 to the intersection of US Highway 90 and then continues northeast along US Highway 90 to the Lafourche Parish Line in Des Allemandes. The boundary then continues southeast along the Lafourche Parish line to the intersection of the Lafourche Parish Line with the Company Canal. The boundary then runs along the Company Canal generally to the west and south to the intersection of the Company Canal and Bayou Lafourche in Lockport. The boundary then meanders up the east bank of Bayou Lafourche to the point of beginning at the intersection of LA Highway 182 in Raceland. The 2010 Census shows a population of 2,390 in this Project Area which represents a 30% increase in population over the last 20 years with a 20% increase in the last 10 years.

 

Backwater Flood Protection Levees:  This broadly defined project would include making improvements to various existing backwater flood protection levees within the project area.  Targeted areas include the Gheens Community along Highway 654. This broadly scoped project is assigned the following COA and estimated funding is primarily for overall development of projects.

Project COA 6700.50Z, Estimated Cost: $ 100,000.00

The following individual projects have been identified:

Jesse Dufrene Pump District: This 934 acre forced drainage system in the Gheens Community protects 171 residences, a church, a library a community center and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 18,950 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 2-36” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel, and replacing the existing pump station funded through a Hazard Mitigation Grant with 3-36” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Work on this station is nearly complete.

Project COA 6700.57Z, Estimated Cost: $681,250.00

Homeplace Pump District: This 1,013 acre forced drainage system in the Gheens Community protects 4 residences, several businesses and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 4,400 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-36” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel / culverts, and making improvements to the existing pump station.

Project COA 6700.58Z, Estimated Cost: $526,000.00

Natural Gas Pump District: This 1,279 acre forced drainage system in the Gheens Community protects 60 residences, several businesses and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 23,900 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 2-36” and 1-48” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel / culverts, and making improvements to the existing pump station.

Project COA 6700.59Z, Estimated Cost: $1,820,800.00

 

Company Canal: This project includes clearing the Company Canal and adjacent rights of ways of any obstructions and vegetation from Bayou Lafourche to just beyond the Guyosa ridge. The NLLD has Hired Leonard Chauvin, Inc. as the Engineer for this project. Currently, the NLLD has received a US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) permit to complete this work from Bayou Lafourche to just north of the Guyosa Rd. In order to receive this permit we needed to come up with a cost saving method of providing the required mitigation for this project. We proposed and received USACOE approval of our permit mitigation project. This mitigation project involves dredging the lower portion of Bayou Folse adjacent to Lake Fields (aka, the Camp Canal) from the Butch Hill Pump Station Outfall Canal (aka, Sapia Canal) to the Company Canal near Lockport. In addition, the project involves dredging 8,700 feet along the Northeast rim of Lake Fields. Spoil from these dredging activities will be used adjacent to the dredge areas to create emerged wetlands for mitigation and bank stability. The project has several parallel benefits. Dredging the Camp Canal will have recreational benefits to the camp owners in the Lake Fields Area. Additionally, it is believed by the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as well as the Lafourche Fish and Game Commission that this action will improve the water quality in Lake Fields by allowing turbid and highly nutrient water from upper portions of the basin to by-pass the lake. The Lafourche Fish and Game Commission have committed $50,000.00 to the cost of the mitigation project. The NLLD hired Sea Level Construction as a contractor to clear the banks along the Company Canal and is using one of the District’s marsh buggy excavators to perform the canal clearing and maintenance dredging in the Company Canal. Work is nearly complete in the Company Canal at this time. The mitigation portion of this project has been awarded to Week Marine and has been completed at this time.

Project COA 6700.51Z, Estimated Cost: $800,000.00

 

Matthews Canal / Clotilda Levee: This 973 acre forced drainage system off of LA Highway 308 west of Lockport protects 27 residences, several businesses and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 16,500 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 3-30” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel / culverts, and making improvements to the existing pump station. NLLD has hired J. Wayne Plaisance Engineers on behalf of the Parish as the Engineer for this project. The clearing of the Matthews Canal has recently been completed by the NLLD standard Marsh Buggy Excavator and the maintenance dredging will be completed before the end of the year.

Project COA 6700.52Z, Estimated Cost: $1,883,500.00

Des Allemandes Bulkhead Project: This 57 acre forced drainage system in the Des Allemandes Community protects approximately 86 residences, several businesses and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 3,700 feet of ring levees providing storm water flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-12” diesel fueled, engine driven pump and 1-10” electric motor driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did top the existing levee system and substantial sandbagging and additional pump capacity had to be brought in. Additionally, the levee system was threatened in several other locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel / culverts, and making improvements to the existing pump station. Currently, Lafourche Parish Government has received HUD CDBG funds for the Bulkhead portion of this project along Bayou Des Allemandes. The Parish has awarded an engineering firm (All South Engineers) the design contract and the project was put out to bid. The Contractor (Cycle Construction) has begun work on this project. NLLD remains in a technical support and review roll for this portion of the project. However, the CDBG funded project will not address the levee for the entire pump district. As such, the NLLD has hired All South Engineers for project design, development and permitting to address the remaining flood protection issues in this forced drainage area.

Bulkhead Project COA 6700.53Z, Estimated Cost $756,500.00

 

Des Allemandes Bulkhead and Breakwater Project: This project involves restoration of the breakwater parallel to US Highway 90 behind the residential area near Des Allemandes. The NLLD has assigned this project to an Engineer (All South Engineers) for project design, development and permitting.

Breakwater Project COA 6700.54Z, Estimated Cost 185,000.00

 

Little Clotilda Pump & Levee Project: The NLLD seeks to bring this pump and adjacent levee into the system to afford drainage protection to adjacent land and protect highway 654 from storm water flooding. The NLLD is providing technical support for this project at this point and has engaged J. Wayne Plaisance Engineers for project design, development and permitting. The anticipated improvements would include re-capping and re-sectioning of 5,000 feet of ring levee and re-furbishing the pump station.

Project COA 6700.55Z, Estimated Cost $105,000.00

 

Ravenswood Pump District: This 414 acre forced drainage system along LA Highway308 east of Lockport protects 48 residences, an apartment complex, several businesses and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 4,760 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-30” diesel fueled, engine driven pump and 1-24” electric motor driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel / culverts, and making improvements to the existing pump station. The NLLD is working to assign this project to an Engineer for project design, development and permitting.

Project COA 6700.56Z, Estimated Cost: $1,204,500.00