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Unfinished drainage project in Thibodaux already helping

September 4, 2017

By:  Dan Boudreaux, HoumaToday.com

 

A major drainage project nearing completion in Thibodaux is already contributing to a marked improvement in the city’s drainage capabilities, officials say.

North Lafourche Levee District Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois said the South Thibodaux Drainage Improvement Project was needed because the city had been built up and expanded over time without a comprehensive plan for drainage.

“The connectivity of drainage was only considered one piece at a time,” Bourgeois said.“We felt that the city needed another major corridor that can be used to take water out of the city.”

Bourgeois said the South Thibodaux Drainage Improvement Project serves to create a major drainage corridor for water that has difficulty making it to East Seventh Street or the St. Louis Bayou. The improvements at Tetreau Street along the Acadia Road drainage corridor and that area will connect to an existing canal along the east side of Martin Luther King Jr. Park to the 40 Arpent Canal.

The total construction contract for the project is $766,444.25.

Byron E. Talbot Contractor Inc. is constructing the project, which is 80 percent competed. The contract was awarded in March.

According to Bourgeois, the improvements have already helped manage heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey and the deluge the area experienced earlier in August.

“It’s definitely keeping the areas around it dryer already, and there are probably some things we can do to get even farther out water to it as well,” Bourgeois said. “The idea is that now that we have this big drainage corridor that we can get a lot of water with, then we can tie in things to it and that’s what’s coming after.”

The North Lafourche Levee District announced in August that over $5 million in construction contracts has been awarded for six drainage and levee projects this year with the South Thibodaux Drainage Improvement Project being one of those.

“These and all of our planned projects are critical to increase flood protection and improve drainage throughout North Lafourche,” Bourgeois said. “The people of north Lafourche can expect to see much more levee and drainage work like this in the months and years ahead as the district delivers on our commitment to protect our community, people and way of life.”