The ring levee surrounding the 10th Ward of Lafourche Parish is in the midst of several ongoing upgrades, in all cases bringing the levee to higher elevations.
According to Windell Curole, general manager of the South Lafourche Levee District, fully half of the 48-mile system is in the process of being improved.
Section “A West”, which includes the area on the west side of Bayou Lafourche between the Leon Theriot locks and the Apache Dock, is being raised to an eventual height of 16 feet from its current 13 feet.
While the contractor is placing dirt on the levee now, the project will be shaped and completed after the current hurricane season and should be completed by March of next year.
The sections of “B South”, “B North”, and “C South” encompass the largest ongoing improvement project in the system. These segments are on the west side of Bayou Lafourche and run from the pump station off Louisiana Highway 3235 in Golden Meadow north to the Cote Blanche Connection in Cut Off.
The levee segment in this area, currently at approximately 11 feet above sea level, will be raised to 17 feet on the southern side and slope down to a new height of 13 feet on the northern end in Cut Off.
This is an ongoing project paid for by some $9 million in state funds received by the district in past years.
On the east side of Bayou Lafourche, improvement work on “Section F”, which runs from Delta Farms Road to the Clovelly area, is taking borrow material to raise this levee segment from 10 feet to approximately 13 feet.
This section of work should be done by the spring of next year.
Also on the east side, section “D North”, which runs from the Breton Canal south to well into the Galliano area, will be raised from its current height of approximately 12 feet above sea level to 14 feet. Dirt here will be trucked in from a borrow pit off site.
Contracts for this work will be advertised this month with the work expected to take nine to 12 months to complete.
Work in the Clovelly area, also on the east side and known as section “E North”, is also being raised. The levee in this section will go from its current height of nine feet to approximately 13 feet once work is completed. Material here is coming from a borrow canal and crews are shaping the dirt in this section.
In addition to a one-cent sales tax and 9.8 mills in ad valorem taxes from the citizens and businesses of the 10th Ward, the levee district also receives state funding through the capital outlay process.
Posted on Tue, July 9, 2013