As we enter the most critical portion of hurricane season, work continues on a multitude of improvements on the ring levee surrounding south Lafourche.
At the Leon Theriot lock south of Golden Meadow, a sheet pile wall is being put in place to a height of 16 feet.
This wall will match the height of the gates that were also recently raised to that level. Work on the $3 million project is expected to be complete in a few months.
On the west side of Bayou Lafourche, from the Leon Theriot lock north to near the Apache dock in Golden Meadow, construction is ongoing to raise this levee segment from a height of 12 feet to approximately 16 feet. This work is slated to be completed by the end of the year.
From Oakridge Park in Golden Meadow north to the Cote Blanche Connection roadway in Cut Off is the district’s largest ongoing project. Having begun over a year and a half ago, work on this segment will raise the levee from a height of 16 feet on the southern end and 13 feet on the northern end.
According to levee district general manager Windell Curole, this $9.6 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
Work is also ongoing on the west side on the levee segment from the Cote Blanche Connection to Louisiana Highway 24 in Larose. The levee here is being raised to 13 feet above sea level from a current height of 11 feet. This segment work is slated to continue into next year.
Work on the Larose floodgates will be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2015. This includes raising the gates from a height of eight feet to 13 feet. These improvements will complement the work being done on the Intracoastal Canal floodwall where sheet piles are currently being installed to bring the wall to a height of 13 feet above sea level from its current height of seven feet. This $13 million project is slated for completion in a few weeks.
On the east side of Bayou Lafourche, from Holy Rosary School to the Intracoastal Canal, sheet piles will be placed on the bayou batture will bring the flood protection there from a current height of eight feet to a height of 13 feet once work is completed.
Improvements are also taking place on the levee segment from the Delta Farms area to near Clovelly. Ongoing work here will raise and improve the levee from a height of 10 feet to approximately 13 feet. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Work in the Clovelly area on that portion of levee was recently completed and consisted of raising that levee segment to 13 feet as well.
One of the first completed projects on this round of improvements occurred on the east side section of levee between the Clovelly area and Breton Canal in Galliano. The levee here was raised from a height of 9 feet to a current height of 13 feet some two years ago.
Approximately a year and a half of work remains on levee improvements on the section between Breton Canal and the Louisiana Land and Exploration (LL&E) area on the east side.
This $4.6 million project will raise the segment of levee from 11 feet to 14 feet once completed. Work was completed three years ago on the levee section from LL&E to Yankee Canal in the Golden Meadow area. Levee heights here were raised from 10 feet to approximately 15 feet and several years ago the segment of levee from Yankee Canal south to the Leon Theriot Floodgate was raised from 11 feet to 16 feet.
“We’re spending money in all areas of the system to try to keep the levee system as top notch as possible. It has served us well in the past and we’re spending our available resources in the best manner that we can to see that the levee system continues to provide us as much protection in the future as it has in the past,” said Curole.
On the west side of Bayou Lafourche in Golden Meadow, construction is ongoing to raise this levee segment from a height of 12 feet to approximately 16 feet.
Several projects are ongoing throughout the Tenth Ward by the South Lafourche Levee District to continue to provide the area with adequate flood protection.
Photo courtesy SLLD
Posted on Fri, August 22, 2014
by Doug Cheramie II, Contributing Writer