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State money sought for Bayou Blue levee project

By:  Meredith Burns, HoumaToday.com

December 28, 2014

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The North Lafourche Levee District is proposing a new levee project in Bayou Blue and asking for state money to begin construction.

Dwayne Bourgeois, the levee district’s executive director, said the district asked the state for $4.5 million to build levees and a canal closure structure along Hollywood Canal in Bayou Blue.

Bourgeois said the project is still in the early stages, with engineers working to define its scope, but it could be one of the district’s most important upcoming projects.

“Because we have so many more projects that we want to do than funds available, we want to make sure we’re getting the most bang for our buck,” he said.

The project is designed to prevent high stormwater in the Hollywood Canal from backing into the subdivisions on the Lafourche side of La. 316.

The district estimated the project could provide flood protection to 7,000 residents and 1,800 homes in the Bayou Blue area.

Bourgeois said the numbers could be higher as the area continues to grow.

“A lot of people are moving into the Bayou Blue area, a lot of communities are developing,” he said.

“It’s not cheap, but it has potential of using some natural ridges that exist right now that we can use to increase flood protection.”

Bourgeois said if all the requested money comes through, the local district would contribute about $1.14 million in matching money.

The district is far from seeing money for the project, if it comes at all.

The earliest the request will be considered is April when the Legislature reconvenes.

At that point, the project is competing for money with other projects from across the state.

“So it’s a long, drawn-out process from here,” Bourgeois said. “This is really the first step.”