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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Levee district, shooting range reach agreement

Levee district, shooting range reach agreement

The South Lafourche Levee District and Eymard’s Shooting Academy have reached an agreement that will allow construction to continue on ongoing levee projects.

Levee District General Manager Windell Curole said an agreement has been reached with range owner Hugh Eymard to close the range for a month to allow contractors safe access to work on the section directly in line with the shooting range.

The agreement must be approved by the levee district’s board.

The range is located just off La. 3235 in Galliano. The levee sits several hundred yards behind the range’s targets.
The levee district is working to raise the levees along the western flank of the system to between 13 and 16 feet.
Curole said his employees have expressed concerns traveling down range from the shooters. He emphasized he isn’t against shooting ranges but wants to avoid putting his workers in the line of fire.

The range opened in October 2013 and is the only one in the state that can boast targets 800 yards down range. Behind that sits the range’s protection berm. Another 400 yards behind that sits the levee, which is a few feet higher than the berm.

Previously, Eymard argued one would have to wildly overshoot the target to have any chance of reaching the levee.

Eymard’s Shooting Academy will close the range for the month of September so the necessary improvements can be done to upgrade the protection levee.

Eymard said the shooting range should re-open on October 1.