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Drainage project to aid Cut Off area

Drainage project to aid Cut Off area

The Cut Off area is getting some major drainage help.

Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle signed an engineering agreement with T. Baker Smith Tuesday, following Parish Council approval of the Lafourche East Side Drainage Improvements Project on February 27.

The drainage project includes more than nine miles of dredging, adding canals, replacing six cross-street pipes and five culverts, and adding a new pumping station with four pumps.

It is financed partly through a $4.7 million grant from the Statewide Flood Control Program through the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

The project cost is estimated to be $5.2 million. The Lafourche Parish Drainage District No. 1 is sharing part of the additional $500,000 cost with the parish.

Work will address flooding issues between East 39th and East 94th streets in Cut Off.

“Six years ago when I was elected, this was my No. 1 target goal,” Councilman Jerry Lafont said.

After receiving complaints from residents in the area about a lack of drainage, Lafont worked with the drainage district and Dustin Rabalais, project manager for T. Baker Smith, to find a solution.

Under the previous administration, Rabalais was able to secure the state grant for phase I of the project, Lafont said.

When Cantrelle took office in 2016, he continued with the project.

“I’m making sure that all districts in Lafourche Parish get the flood protection they desperately need while I am in office. It’s an expensive business, so the grant process is essential when managing major projects. In my first year we completed projects in North Lafourche, the second year Central Lafourche, and now we are addressing South Lafourche,” Cantrelle said in a news release.

There will be two phases to the project. Phase I will include dredging, building canals and culverts. Phase two involves installing the pump station.

Once constructed, the pump station will be managed by the South Lafourche Levee District and will help drain the water from East 28th Street to South Lafourche High School into the surrounding marsh, Lafont said.

The engineering design phase will take about one year before bids will go out to begin construction, parish officials said.

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.