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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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North Lafourche prepares for hurricane season

North Lafourche prepares for hurricane season

The North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) has invested over $2 million in levee and drainage projects over the past year to provide greater protection to North Lafourche communities as the 2016 Hurricane Season is now entering its second month.

As NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois told the Daily Comet in a June 8 article, the agency has made levee repairs on the Lockport to Larose Levee System, including emergency repairs to a section of levee near Hamilton Street in Larose.

Bourgeois said the agency spent about $2 million on small levee repairs and some tie-ins on the Lockport to Larose Levee System.

The District also began the 80 Arpent Canal maintenance and dredging project in 2015 to improve drainage in Thibodaux and neighborhoods north of LA 308.

Critical levee and drainage work like this will increase over the next year as the NLLD begins to collect a new quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2015. The tax is expected to generate an additional $2.2 million per year that will allow the NLLD to sell bonds for construction of larger projects.

"We're transitioning to getting more projects ready. Now with the sales tax, we have the ability to go to the bond market and do some of these projects faster," Bourgeois said.

Combined, the Terrebonne Levee District, and South and North Lafourche Levee Districts have spent more than $60 million since last hurricane season to build and fortify levee systems, providing the highest level of protection to date for Terrebonne and Lafourche communities with more on the way.